Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Pittsburgh City Council gave final approval to a domestic registry that would allow straight and gay couples who are not married, but "mutually committed" to each other. The bill passed by a 7-1 vote, with council member Ricky Burgess voting no, and Bill Peduto abstaining because he is out of the country currently. The legislation will allow any two city resident to register unless they are too closely related to be married under state law. They must show documentary evidence of their commitment and pay a $25 fee.