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Duluth councilor proposes gay partner registry

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DULUTH, Minn. (AP) -- A Duluth city councilman says he'll introduce an ordinance to allow gay couples to register as domestic partners with city hall.

Councilor Jeff Anderson says it would be a mostly symbolic move, but says it would help committed same-sex couples more easily sign up for domestic partner benefits from employers that offer them.

Anderson is the Duluth's first openly gay city councilor. He says it can be difficult for companies to know whether someone's domestic partnership is legitimate.

Couples applying for the city registry would have to pay $20 or $25 for a certificate, and attest that they "are as committed to one another as married persons are traditionally committed."

About 70 cities around the country have similar registries, including Minneapolis.

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