ACTION ALERT: Call Senators
Next Tuesday the Florida Senate Committee on Children, Families and Elder Affairs will hold a hearing on the Families First bill.
The bill, SB 196 by Senator Sobel, would create a statewide domestic partnership registry. The bill would allow same-sex couples and unmarried opposite-sex couples to register and receive all of the vital legal protections for their families that the state can provide. This includes hospital visitation, correctional facility visitation, end of life decision making and burial arrangements.
A majority of Floridians already live in a local community that has a domestic partnership registry. Places like Pinellas County, Volusia County, Orange County, Broward County, Miami-Dade County, Key West, Tampa, Orlando, Gainesville, Tavares, Clearwater and North Miami already have registries. The Families First bill would eliminate the patchwork of policies and allow people to have important legal protections for their family, no matter where they live.
We need your help to ensure this bill passes out of committee! Right now, make three phone calls to members of the committee and urge them to vote yes on SB 196, Families First by Senator Sobel.
Call these senators and say:
"Hi, my name is _____ and I am calling to urge Senator _____ to vote in favor of SB 196 when it comes up in Children, Families and Elder Affairs on Feb. 19. This bill will help ensure Florida is truly putting Families First by allowing committed couples to have important legal protections for their families. Over a dozen places in Florida have already passed policies on the local level, but with the Families First bill, these protections would be available statewide. Please vote yes on SB 196."
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