It was a picture perfect evening at the beautiful and bedazzled Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center as over 200 friends, old and new, turned out in tuxedos, feather boas, rainbow bowties and sequined gowns to the Inaugural Black and White Ball of Lee County to celebrate our champions, progress, diversity and equality and to raise funds for and awareness of Equality Florida’s important work.
Domestic Partnership Registry
When: July 6th, 10:30a.m.
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.
Next Thursday, the Volusia County Council will cast their final vote on whether to adopt a Domestic Partnership Registry. Last month they voted unanimously to move forward and it's critical that we let the Volusia County Council that we're standing with them!
Last week Equality Florida and the Orlando Anti-Discrimination Ordinance Committee released a statement rebutting many of the concerns raised by Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs about the constitutionality and necessity of a domestic partnership registry ordinance that specifically names and defines domestic partners. The first page of that statement is below. The entire letter is attached.