supporters of gay and lesbian rights gathered in Pittsburgh
on Sunday to celebrate the official signing of city
legislation creating a registry for domestic partners.
"There's a lot of
good, positive momentum in the city of
Pittsburgh...and we will continue to look for ways to show
that Pittsburgh is truly a progressive city," said
Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
was signed during the annual PrideFest street festival.
allows unmarried couples, gay or straight, to register as
partners for $25.
carries no legal weight, if one member of the relationship
is a city employee, then the couple will become
eligible to share benefits.
Partners who have
been together for at least a year and want to register
must provide documentation showing they are in a committed
relationship. That could include utility bills and
Couples must also
prove that they are older than 18 and not blood
relatives. (The Advocate)