The City of Cincinnati should implement a Domestic Partnership Registry within currently existing offices as an additional source of revenue. By charging people a fee for filing their registration, the City can make a small amount of money. And, since this is not marriage, the homophobes should have nothing about which to complain. (In fact, wouldn’t it reason—if it makes money and lessens the tax burden, even if in a small amount, for everyone else—that groups like COAST should actually support this concept?) Additionally, by marketing the registry for those out of Cincinnati, perhaps by allowing people to download a form and mail a check (including an additional fee for out-of-town processing), even more money can be made as domestic partnerships from all over the country can mail in their money to Cincinnati to achieve registered status...We gays know how to bring in the buck :-). Sadly, not much mention that it would be nice to see Cincinnati start stepping towards, you know, equality... and, you know, stepping in line with the rest of the country in offering benefits to their citizens.
In all seriousness, I can see no logical argument against Cincinnati joining those Ohio cities that make money from allowing people to fill out a form. In fact, we should encourage more people to pay the City money to fill out voluntary forms, if it can help with a struggling budget and help pay for necessary services.
But, any dream will do.
Damn it was trying my best not to quote Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, but you win some, you lose some. :-)
Oh, and this may be in the works, there is a particular hell raiser in town that seems bent on causing problems for the city, and I absolutely adore his plan to get a registry into Cincinnati... over and above the middling efforts of Equality Ohio, the HRC, and the powers that be.