Last January, I approached the Richfield Human Rights Commission to ask for a Domestic Partner Registry to be enacted. In May a meeting with the Human Rights Commission took place. The meeting was attended by Phil Duran from Outfront Minnesota, my partner Jason and myself to help the Richfield Human Rights Commission members learn what a Domestic Partner Registry is and is not. In August the Human Rights Commission, Phil Duran, Jason and myself attended a City Council study session. After the session, the Human Rights Commission met to plan a Community Forum to help Richfield residents understand what a Domestic Partner Registry Ordinance would mean.
The Community Forum is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, September 22nd at 7:00pm. The Forum will be held at Wood Lake Nature Center on 6710 Lake Shore Drive in Richfield. Domestic Partners currently living in Richfield will share their stories about what a Registry Ordinance would mean for them. Copies of the proposed Ordinance Draft will be available to read. There will be opportunities for questions and answers.
At their regular monthly meeting on September 13th the Senate District 63 DFL Central Committee which covers a part of South Minneapolis, Richfield and part of Bloomington, passed a resolution by a majority vote to support a Domestic Partner Registry Ordinance in Richfield. The Domestic Partner Registry Ordinance also enjoys the full support of Richfield Mayor Debbie Goettel and City Council Person at Large Sue Sandahl both who are up for re-election this year.