SALT LAKE CITY – Unmarried couples and same-sex partners living in Salt Lake County will soon be able to get benefits they don’t have now. The county is launching a mutual commitment registry, similar to what Salt Lake City put in place in 2008.
The idea, however has its critics. The county is legally recognizing relationships the state doesn’t, especially when it comes to same sex couples, but the registry is also for people who may be the legal caretaker of someone, whether it’s a relative or a partner. Still, one group says it’s a slippery slope.
“I believe this will be primarily used by same sex couples,” says Salt Lake County Councilman Arlyn Bradshaw who is openly gay.