If you’re in love, or think you are, and living with your significant other, then get your partner down to City Hall when the doors open at 8 a.m. Thursday, May 7 to get your names on the new Cleveland Domestic Partner Registry.
“Large numbers are expected to turn out for the historic event,” according to Council spokeswoman Katherine Bulava, “and there will be an organized effort to make the registration process simple and expedient for interested couples.”
Print out the application form, fill it out and bring it with you to City Hall. A notary will be on hand. From noon to 2 p.m., on the City Hall steps, a party with live music will be held by leaders of the local gay community for the new couples. “We intend together to show our support for their commitment to one another,” said downtown Councilman Joe Cimperman in a statement.
Sure, gay marriage is still utopian dreaming in hard-bitten Ohio, Cleveland included. But the registry is, at least, a start. It will give gay couples the rights of family in hospital visits and account management, and if anybody works for Peter B. Lewis’ progressive-minded Progressive Insurance, they can also start to get some benefits. If you work pretty much anywhere else, you should keep fighting for marriage equality.
Finish up the night with spiritual acceptance, at a 7 p.m. celebration at Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ (2592 W. 14th), and/or bliss, at Bounce/Union Station (2814 Detroit Ave.). Just be faithful, for crissakes. The knot is tied. — Dan Harkins