Plymouth is considering starting a domestic partner registry after a human rights committee recommended it Thursday to the City Council. It would be the 20th city to establish a registry for unmarried couples -- gay or straight -- to get an official certification of a committed relationship. Other cities such as Brooklyn Park and Moorhead have rejected it.
A Plymouth resident requested it more than a year ago. The committee, made up of the mayor, police chief, a City Council member and four residents, voted 6-1. Mayor Kelli Slavik cast the no vote, saying it's not one of the city's core services.
Resident Don Untiedt and his partner said they'd use the certificate to apply for life insurance. Kris Stoffel said she and her longtime partner would be the first to sign up. "It's so important for all society to acknowledge we have rights," she said.
No one from the public spoke against it. The committee also decided to hold a forum this fall on state marriage and voter ID amendments.