UNIVERSITY CITY (KMOX) –  Loud cheers and applause broke out as University City council members voted to establish a registry for those who can’t or won’t get married.

The measure wasn’t completely without opposition.

Marian Sharpe, the wife of U. City councilman Arthur Sharpe, warned city leaders that they would “rue the day” if they voted to approve. Her husband, she admitted, did not know what she was going to say.

“It should never have been introduced in a nation that professes to trust in God,” she solemnly intoned.

picture 009 U. City Says I Do to Domestic Partnerships

Her husband was the lone ‘no’ vote.

Her arguments were countered by, among others, Matthew Nosko, who rattled off a list of why he believes domestic partnerships are important, including “the right to [hospital] visitation, the right to be notified of an emergency.”

Gay couples touted their decades-long relationships. This move, they said, was an example of why they moved to University City.

For them, however, the new ordinance is mostly symbolic. Both Missouri state and federal law prohibit same-sex marriages.

Also at Monday’s meeting: U. City Reconsiders ‘Move Along’ Measure

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