In the last month there’s been a whirlwind of organizing and activity to create Orlando and Orange County domestic partnership registries. It’s been an emotional and intense effort that’s activated LGBT advocates, community leaders, faith leaders, business owners, elected officials and the media around a singular goal – providing legal recognition and meaningful protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender families in Orange County, FL.
Below is just a sampling of the media coverage of the last few weeks. Starting in December, after the City of Orlando created Central Florida’s first domestic partnership registry, there’s been a steady and sometimes overwhelming stream of local, state and national coverage on what has become a defining issues in the region. EQFL Field Director Joe Saunders and EQFL Orlando Steering Committee members Mary Meeks and Kathryn Norsworthy are leaders in the Orlando Anti-Discrimination Ordinance Committee. OADO has been the coalition calling for Central Florida’s first domestic partnership registries.
The work in Orange County is far from over but had a major breakthrough on Friday. Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs shared with the Orlando Sentinel that she agreed an ordinance (i.e. a law) was required to fully protect our families.
WMFE: My Voice - Joe Saunders - Domestic Partnership Registry (Dec. 20, 2011)
THE ADVOCATE: Gay Couples Expected To Turn Out For Orlando's Domestic Partner Registry (Dec. 26, 2011)
ORLANDO SENTINEL: Gay activists step up push for registry in Orange (Jan. 4)
ORLANDO SENTINEL: Jacobs' first year: More ups than downs (Jan. 5)
ORLANDO SENTINEL: Orange County mayor says she's still not convinced domestic-partner registry is needed (Jan. 9)
WESH 2: Domestic Database Proposal To Go Before County Leaders; Orange County Mayor Proposes To Grant Rights To Couples (Jan. 9)
WFTV Ch. 9 – Couples line up for domestic partner registry (Jan. 11)
ORLANDO SENTINEL - Cheers and tears as Orlando registers first gay couples (Jan. 12)
ORLANDO SENTINEL EDITORIAL - Our take on: Domestic-partner registry (Jan. 12)
Joe Saunders EQFL Field Director on WMFE’s Morning Edition (Jan. 12)
CF News 13: Domestic partnership registry now open in Orlando (Jan. 12)
WESH 2 – Orlando Couples Registry Opens; Registry Gives Domestic Partners Rights (Jan. 12)
FOX 35 – Orlando starts domestic partners registry (Jan. 12)
WKMG Local 6 – Gay couples register with the city of Orlando (Jan. 12)
ORLANDO WEEKLY – Separate, not equal (Cover Story – Jan. 12)
ORLANDO SENTINEL - Jacobs: County needs ordinance for its proposed registry (Jan.13)
Domestic Partners – (Orlando Sentinel LTE by Clinton McCracken on Jan. 15)