Registry would help those in non-traditional relationships share benefits

Posted at 10:52 PM, Jun 04, 2013

SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah – Utahns in non-traditional relationships are one step closer to being able to share benefits.

The Salt Lake County Council voted 8-1 Tuesday to give final approval of a mutual commitment registry, which would help those in relationships outside of Utah’s definition of marriage share benefits.

The registry could be used by same-sex couples or in other situations like someone caring for an elderly parent.

Arlyn Bradshaw, Salt Lake County District 1 councilman, sponsored the proposal, and he said he hopes this measure will be the beginning of a bigger discussion that moves toward marriage equality in Utah.

“This is the greatest extent a local government can provide outside of marriage,” he said.