Petitions filed to get domestic registry on ballot

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) - Backers of a domestic-partner registry filed more than 5,700 signatures Monday in Cleveland Heights to put the proposal on the Nov. 4 ballot.
The registry would give legal recognition to unmarried partners, whether gay or straight.
Fran Twomey says approval of the registry would acknowledge that Cleveland Heights values diverse relationships.
The sponsoring group called "Heights Families for Equality" says its conversations with approximately 7,000 voters over the last three months indicate support for the measure.
Opponents, including city councilman Jimmie Hicks Jr., say the registry is an attempt to further what he calls the homosexual agenda.
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