Friday, June 22, 2007
Eureka Springs Domestic Partner Registry
Rev. Philip Wilson, pastor of First Christian Church of Eureka Springs, failed to collect enough valid signatures to call a referendum on the Domestic Partner Registry ordinance enacted by the City Council on May 14, so the ordinance went into effect today. A domestic partnership is a legal or personal relationship between individuals who live together and share a common domestic life, but are not joined in a traditional marriage or civil union, both of which are barred by a homophobic amendment to the Arkansas Constitution.
Trella Laughlin and Marie Howard, partners of 39 years, were among the first to register today. Debra Thompson and Robert McGrew also chose to register their relationship on the domestic registry. The world did not end.