Orlando City Council is expected to approve a domestic partner registry for gay and lesbian couples on Monday.

The proposed legislation won preliminary approval at a December 5 meeting.

The registry would give couples limited rights such as visiting a partner in a hospital, making health care decisions for an incapacitated partner and making funeral arrangements for a partner.

Mayor Buddy Dyer and the six-member City Council unanimously supported the measure during last week's meeting.

“I'm supportive of this ordinance because it is simply … the right thing to do, and it's the right time to do it,” Dyer said during the meeting.

However, several people spoke out against the proposed ordinance, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

“Same sex couples … are committing crimes against the natural order,” Charles Norris said. “Those who rule better rule wisely, lest God's anger will come and destroy them.”

Orlando is following in the footsteps of several Florida municipalities in enacting the registry, including the cities of Miami and Gainesville and the counties of Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach.

In 2008, Florida voters approved a constitutional amendment that bans gay marriage in the state.

A domestic partner registry is also under consideration in Orange County.