By Associated Press

PHOENIX — A handful of couples showed up at Phoenix City Hall early Monday, Feb. 9 to become among the first to register with the city as domestic partners.

The registry grants partner visitation rights in all hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers and other health-care facilities in the city. It’s open to unmarried gay or straight couples that share a Phoenix residence.

Lisa Smith, who signed up with her partner, Reagan Bennion, calls the registry a step in the right direction.

The City Council voted in December to create the registry, making Phoenix only the second Arizona city to offer such a program. Tucson created a similar registry in 2003.

Registration will continue on the ground floor of the Phoenix City Hall through Friday, Feb. 13. After that, partners can register at the City Clerk Department.

Information from: The Arizona Republic, siteтехнический аудит сайта