Two Ohio cities have approved domestic partnership measures for gay and lesbian couples, Cleveland's Gay People's Chronicle reported.

Dayton city commissioners on May 2 unanimously approved the creation of a domestic partnership registry, becoming the sixth Ohio city to do so behind Cleveland, Toledo, Yellow Springs, Cleveland Heights and Athens.

As with the five currently operating registries, couples paying Dayton's $50 registry fee are guaranteed no benefits whatsoever. Supporters, however, note that employers who offer insurance benefits to the partners of gay workers accept registration as proof of partnership.

Couples registering must live together. The registry opens on June 1.

“This is another step in making Dayton as welcoming as possible to all people,” Dayton Commissioner Nan Whatley told the Dayton Daily News.

With an 8-1 vote, Cincinnati City Council approved domestic partner benefits for the city's gay employees on the same day.

Chris Seelbach, the city's first openly gay council member, told the Chronicle: “It feels great. I'm very happy and proud of my colleagues that they were willing to stand with me on this.”

Currently, the cities of Cleveland and Columbus offer benefits to the domestic partners of employees. Toledo Mayor Mike Bell recently proposed similar benefits.