Good news from Missoula today–domestic partners in Montana now have a place to register their relationships.
The Missoula Domestic Partnership registry is now open and accepting applications from same-sex and opposite-sex domestic partners in Montana.
Missoula is the first city in Montana to indicate official respect for LBGT relationships, and was also the first local city to pass a non-discrimination ordinance. More than 200 cities in the U.S. already have registries like it, while 19 states have registries to document and recognize these relationships.
In July, the Missoula City Council approved a resolution creating a Domestic Partnership Registry to support what city leaders say is the basic “right and dignity of unmarried couples to have their relationships recognized by the city.”
In a press release, a spokesperson for the city explained that applying to be included on the list is voluntary. “Although it doesn’t grant any legal rights to couples, it may be useful for emergency workers or health care professionals to know whom to contact in an emergency.”
To be placed on the registry, which is public information that can be requested by third parties, couples must complete an official affidavit and application form
swearing they meet the criteria, and sign it in front of a notary public. More information and the form can be found here:
You can also pick them up in person at the City Clerk Office at 435 Ryman St. in Missoula. Hopefully other communities will follow this lead.