Phx couples can now sign up for domestic partner benefits

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Several couples sign up at city hall

PHOENIX - Several Phoenix couples still made their way down to City Hall Monday morning to register as domestic partners.

Vice Mayor Tom Simplot and his partner were among the first to sign up and pay a $50 registration fee.

The registry grants partner visitation rights to unmarried gay or straight couples at hospitals, nursing homes and other medical facilities in Phoenix.

One woman who just moved to the Valley from Washington says she is taking advantage of the program to get health insurance benefits.

Shiela McClane explains, "We just moved here about a year ago and when this came on board I decided to have this signed up and it was just timely because for my partner benefits I need proof that I'm a domestic partner."

Phoenix is now the second city in Arizona to adopt the measure. Tucson was the first.