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.