Posted on June 28, 2013 - 10:05am by brittany.
DOMA is Dead. The fight in Florida is Alive!
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Yesterday’s historic Supreme Court victories are one of those joyful moments to celebrate...
Posted on June 26, 2013 - 10:06am by brittany.
STATEMENT FROM NADINE SMITH, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, EQUALITY FLORIDA
SUPREME COURT DECISION ON MARRIAGE EQUALITY
IS A CALL TO ACTION FOR FLORIDA
Today's rulings are a major step forward for the...
Posted on June 21, 2013 - 9:26am by brittany.
Guest Blogger: Mary Frances Love
Equality Florida Member, Naples & Volunteer Copyright Attorney
Straights for Marriage Equality - An Ally's Story
About 18 months ago, I was riding my bicycle through my...
Posted on June 20, 2013 - 7:54am by Sue.
We are kicking off our 2013 Equal-A-Thon with big news on marriage equality!
We're thrilled to announce the launch of Get Engaged!, Equality Florida's new statewide campaign to secure the freedom to marry in...
Posted on June 15, 2013 - 5:03pm by brittany.
Breaking News On The Supreme Court Decisions Here:
OPINION #1 - DOMA has been struck down. DOMA is unconstitutional as a deprivation of the equal liberty of persons that is protected by the Fifth Amendment. 5-4 per Kennedy...
Posted on June 15, 2013 - 5:28am by nadine.
Rubio on Immigration Reform:
"If this bill has in it something that gives gay couples immigration rights and so forth, it kills the bill. I'm done. I'm off it, and I've said that repeatedly....
Posted on June 13, 2013 - 4:16pm by brittany.
Family Says Son Sent Home for Wearing Makeup; Prompts National Protest
A Pinellas County family who say their son was sent home for wearing makeup has launched a nationwide petition calling on the district to change...
Posted on June 10, 2013 - 10:16am by brittany.
Twins Of Two Gay Moms Provide Proof That Children Of Same-Sex Parents Are Thriving
This week's issue of Conch Color, a weekly Florida Keys publication, featured two twin girls who made history by earning the title's...
Posted on June 7, 2013 - 9:27am by brittany.
Article in the Tampa Bay Times
Written By: Chris Zuppa and Eve Edelheit, Times Staff
"Four Same-Sex Couples Discuss U.S. Supreme Court's DOMA Debate"
Equality Florida's Central Florida & Corporate...
Posted on June 5, 2013 - 3:32pm by brittany.
Miami Beach Makes History
Tax Equity Policy Unanimously Approved By Mayor Bower & City Commission
I have just left the Miami Beach Commission where moments ago Mayor Bower and the commissioners unanimously approved a...
Posted on June 5, 2013 - 11:37am by Sue.
I just left the Hillsborough County commission chambers. Absolute pandemonium broke out as the commission voted 7-0 to repeal the eight year anti-gay pride ban in Hillsborough County.
Commissioner Les Miller earned a...
Posted on June 5, 2013 - 11:01am by Sue.
For Immediate Release: June 5, 2013
EQUALITY FLORIDA APPLAUDS HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY COMMISSION FOR REPEALING ANTI-GAY LAW
(TAMPA) In a vote of 7 to 0 the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) voted...
Posted on June 3, 2013 - 4:08pm by Sue.
June 3, 2013
The Honorable Ken Hagan, Chairman
Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners
601 E. Kennedy Boulevard, 2nd Floor
Tampa, FL 33602
Dear Chairman Hagan,
I appreciate the opportunity to add...
Posted on May 23, 2013 - 5:24pm by Sue.
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA), one of the country’s largest youth development organizations, today did away with the organization’s national policy that banned LGBT scouts, but continued their ban on LGBT...
Posted on May 22, 2013 - 5:08pm by Sue.
Kaitlyn Hunt is an intelligent young woman who until this ordeal began had only a promising future awaiting her. This is supposed to be one of the best times of her life as she graduates high school and moves into...
Posted on May 22, 2013 - 3:12pm by Sue.
Statement from Nadine Smith, Equality Florida
"We call on Bruce Colton, Indian River State Attorney, to drop felony charges that are threatening Kaitlyn Hunt, a high school senior, with 15 years in prison as a result...
Posted on May 9, 2013 - 1:20pm by Sue.
MEDIA STATEMENT - May 9, 2013
Charlie Crist Supports Marriage Equality for Gay Couples
On May 8, 2013, former Florida Governor Charlie Crist posted on Facebook:
“Some great news: On Tuesday, Delaware...
Posted on April 30, 2013 - 8:45am by Sue.
Equality Florida Praises NBA’s Jason Collins
Calls on Straight Athletes to Speak Up in Support of Full Equality
(April 29, 2013) We are thrilled that Jason Collins has courageously stepped forward today as...
Posted on April 29, 2013 - 8:54am by Sue.
Gala Energizes New Generation in the Fight for Equality!
The Equality Florida Gala comes to Gainesville on May 4th.
[Gainesville] On Saturday, May 4th, Equality Florida will hold its annual Greater Gainesville...
Posted on April 24, 2013 - 8:27am by brittany.
A Story Showing That Hillsborough County Is Changing
Written by: Sharon Herman
Recently, I was on my neighborhood community facebook page, which has close to 2000 members. A woman wanted to know if our high school was...
Posted on April 23, 2013 - 1:58pm by michael.
Watch as Orlando Weekly writer Billy Manes opens up about the death of his partner, marriage equality and domestic partner registries. Billy's testimony is a powerful testament to the need for marriage equality in Florida...
Posted on April 19, 2013 - 8:09am by brittany.
Message from Nathan Klarfeld, Broward Steering Committee Chair
Thank you Pembroke Pines for this important first step:
City Commission of Pembroke Pines, Florida votes unanimously to direct City Manager to obtain necessary...
Posted on April 18, 2013 - 4:24pm by Sue.
73% of Floridians Support Ban on Anti-Gay Discrimination
Public Supports Competitive Workforce Act banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, according to a new University of...
Posted on April 18, 2013 - 3:19pm by Sue.
Brendon Ayanbadejo Joins Equality Florida as an Ally for Equality
Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 10:30 a.m.
2013 Super Bowl Champ Calls on Allies to Join the Fight to End Anti-Gay Discrimination in...
Posted on April 17, 2013 - 8:36am by brittany.
Posted by David Nakamura on April 16, 2013 at 1:01 pm
The Washington Post
Inside the immigration bill: Gay-rights groups disappointed
A bipartisan Senate group has agreed on a sweeping legislative proposal that...
Posted on April 16, 2013 - 3:32pm by brittany.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Katee Tully, chair – 727-729-1798 or
ST. PETERSBURG HOSTS EQUALITY FLORIDA GALA - APRIL 20
The Equality Florida Gala will be held April 20 at...
Posted on April 12, 2013 - 11:05am by brittany.
Pinellas County Domestic Partner Registration opens Monday, April 15th at 8:00AM
The Pinellas County Domestic Partner Registry (DPR) open this coming Monday, April 15th at 8:00a.m. Here is the information as to where...
Posted on April 10, 2013 - 9:18am by Sue.
Ayanbadejo Press Conference Rescheduled for next Tuesday, April 23rd, 10:30 a.m.
APRIL 16 NEWS CONFERENCE POSTPONED
The Equality Florida - Brendon Ayanbadejo press conference has been postponed due to the...
Posted on April 10, 2013 - 8:18am by brittany.
From: William D. Rohrer
Attorney at Law
DOMA-Contingent Protective Claims Should Be Filed Now!
When the Supreme Court ultimately decides United States v. Windsor, the Court could strike down the portion of the Defense of...
Posted on April 4, 2013 - 5:30pm by Sue.
[April 4, 2013] Equality Florida is please to announce that Florida Senator Bill Nelson (D) has changed his position on equal access to marriage today in a statement to the Tampa Bay Times:
“... that all...
Posted on April 2, 2013 - 9:19am by brittany.
What will the Supreme Court's gay-marriage decision mean to Florida?
BY: NADINE SMITH
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, EQUALITY FLORIDA
This is a watershed moment in the life of our nation. Though we will...
Posted on April 1, 2013 - 2:52pm by Sue.
(TALLAHASSEE) Moments ago the Florida Senate Committee on Children, Families and Elder Affairs passed the “Families First” bill (SB 196).
By a margin of 5 to 4, the Senate committee voted to move closer to...
Posted on April 1, 2013 - 7:56am by Sue.
I came to Tallahassee on March 12 to deliver the following testimony before your committee with regard to SB 196. The bill was temporarily postponed that day, but seeing as you're hearing it again on...
Posted on March 29, 2013 - 8:36am by brittany.
Scott Randolph, Constitutional Tax Collector, to institute Domestic Partnership Tax Equity Policy
The Orange County Constitutional Tax Collector’s office announced today that it would immediately institute a Domestic...
Posted on March 27, 2013 - 2:43pm by Sue.
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Marriage Equality Reaches Supreme Court
The following statement can be attributed to Nadine Smith, executive director for Equality Florida:
Posted on March 27, 2013 - 1:09pm by brittany.
Florida Senator Bill Nelson is 1 of only 9 Democratic Senators not supportive of marriage equality.
As the Supreme Court has hearings on Marriage Equality this week, let Senator Nelson know it is time...
Posted on March 26, 2013 - 3:27pm by michael.
Join us Wednesday night 3/27, as The Orlando LGBT Center, The American Civil Liberties Union, Equality Florida, The Human Rights Campaign and The Orlando Anti-Discrimination Ordinance Committee present a Town Hall discussion on...
Posted on March 26, 2013 - 3:19pm by Sue.
My newsfeed turned red today. And with each change of a profile picture, I got a little teary eyed. A little chocked up. It felt bigger than anything I’d publicly taken a stance for in my adult life. Bigger than...
Posted on March 25, 2013 - 1:58pm by Sue.
From Mary Meeks, the attorney who testified at the Hillsborough County Commission hearing on Domestic Partner Registries (DPR).
Dear Commissioner Higginbotham,
I direct this letter to you and your 3 colleagues who voted on...
Posted on March 22, 2013 - 12:07pm by Sue.
For the first time, a statewide domestic partner registry bill will be voted on in Tallahassee. Entitled “Families First”, SB 196 was scheduled for a vote earlier this month but has been postponed until later in the...