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BREAKING NEWS Marriage Ruling Brings Gay Couples Closer to Equality

 

Today is a truly historic day in the continuing march toward full recognition of the marriages of gay couples.

HISTORIC: Federal appeals court strikes down DOMA

EQFL NOTE: Today is a truly historic day in the continuing march toward fulll recognition of the marriages of same-gender couples. With multiple polls show a growing majority of Americans supporting marriage equality, this Federal Appeals Court decision sets the stage for for eliminating at least a portion of DOMA. This decison is a huge blow to Section 3 of DOMA, the part that allows the federal government to pick and choose which lawfully created marriages they will and willl not recognize.

NAACP's Evolution on Marriage Equality Began Decades ago

This isn't the first time the NAACP has stepped out on principle for an issue that affects the lives of LGBT people. Nor is it the first time they will experience a predictable, orchestrated backlash. Those of us celebrating their decision to support marriage equality must now also step up on the organizations behalf.

VICTORY: Gulfport Becomes 1st Pinellas City to pass Domestic Partnership Registry

 

By a 5-0 vote, the Gulfport City Council became the first city in Pinellas County to adopt a Domestic Partnership Registry.

A capcity crowd overflowed into the lobby to watch the proceedings on televison. Speaker after speaker called on Gulfport to continue its tradition of supporting equality for LGBT residents. 

The mayor agreed to hold a public signing tomorrow Wednesday May 16th at 9AM at city council chambers.

Federal Bureau of Prisons Now Requires LGBT Employee Representation in Nation's Federal Prison System

Equality Florida Instrumental in First-Ever LGBT Staff Event in a Federal Prison

 

In a groundbreaking move, the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) has announced that every federal prison in the U.S. will appoint an LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) representative to their long-standing Affirmative Employment Program.  The BOP employs approximately 40,000 nationwide, and until now, the LGBT staff did not have a designated representative in the program.

Federal Bureau of Prisons Requires LGBT Employee Representation in Nationwide Federal Prison System

Release Date: 
May 3, 2012

Equality Florida Instrumental in First-Ever LGBT Staff Event in a Federal Prison

 

In a groundbreaking move, the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) has announced that every federal prison in the U.S. will appoint an LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) representative to their long-standing Affirmative Employment Program.  The BOP employs approximately 40,000 nationwide, and until now, the LGBT staff did not have a designated representative in the program.

OPINION: April 15th Stirs Up Even More Frustration for Gay Couples: “The Federal Government Tells Us to Lie”

Release Date: 
April 2, 2012

It's tax season, and once again gay married couples are caught between the truth and the law.

Each year the federal government demands that thousands of gay married couples sign an IRS Form 1040 with this stern warning. "Under penalties of perjury, I declare that I have examined this return and accompanying schedules and statements, and to the best of my knowledge and belief, they are true and complete."

But how do you answer in good conscience when the IRS tells you to lie?

Equality Florida Joins Call for FAMU Board to Add LGBT Protections; Rally to Take Place Thursday, February 23

Release Date: 
February 14, 2012

In the wake of the hazing murder of Robert Champion, a gay student at Florida A & M University, Equality Florida has joined with students and community leaders to call upon the university to adopt a strong anti-discrimination/bullying policy.

Nadine Smith, Executive Director, Equality Florida, spoke to FAMU President James Ammons and the legal counsel for the university in advance of a meeting to call for the policy change. The administration agreed to bring the proposal to the board.
 

Senator Rich Announces Bid for Governor

Last night Senator Nan Rich announced she is running for Governor in 2014.

To a room full of applauding Democrats, Nan Rich announced she will challenge Governor Rick Scott in 2014. Rumors have been flying for months that Rich would jump in the race. Rich is currently the Minority Leader in the Florida Senate and will be leaving due to term limits. During her time in the Florida legislature she has been a champion for many progressive causes, including LGBT equality and women's issues. 

When The Federal Government Tells Us to Lie

It's tax season, and once again gay married couples are caught between the truth and the law.

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