Posted on November 26, 2014 - 10:31am by brittany.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans are less likely to have access to the same quality coverage as their straight counterparts.
The new health care law addresses some of these disparities and introduces...
Posted on November 25, 2014 - 9:49am by brittany.
Meet the Interns: Steven Rodriguez Jr.
1. Tell us a little about yourself...
I am Steven Rodriguez Jr. and I am a Senior at Jacksonville University pursuing a duel major of English & Humanities...
Posted on November 24, 2014 - 2:34pm by brittany.
Earlier today, Representative Holly Raschein (R- Key Largo) and Democratic Whip Senator Joseph Abruzzo (D- Boynton Beach) filed legislation in the Florida House and Senate respectively that would prohibit discrimination against...
Posted on November 18, 2014 - 5:07pm by brittany.
In the federal lawsuit filed by the ACLU, the stay issued by Judge Hinkle will expire on January 5th and will only be extended if by action of the 11th Circuit. Today, the State of Florida has filed a motion asking the 11th...
Posted on November 18, 2014 - 4:33pm by brittany.
Equality Florida is committed to achieving Marriage Equality in Florida as soon as possible. We may have experienced some disappointments on election night, but our strategy for winning marriage equality is through the...
Posted on November 18, 2014 - 1:26pm by brittany.
The Alachua County Board of County Commissioners has taken a public stance in favor of the freedom to marry for same-sex couples, by voting to sign on to an Amicus Brief that was drafted and filed by a growing list of local...
Posted on November 17, 2014 - 4:19pm by brittany.
Great Nonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations, has announced that it has honored Equality with a prestigious “2014 Top-Rated” Award. With more than 170,000 reviews, Great...
Posted on November 11, 2014 - 1:29pm by brittany.
A recent article by Cassondra Fredriksen at Stetson University College of Law found that Florida's discriminatory marriage ban denies 508 state-protections to loving same-sex couples. The harm inflicted on couples and...
Posted on November 5, 2014 - 6:01pm by brittany.
Judge Hinkle has denied requests to both immediately lift and extend the stay on his marriage ruling. According to his order, the stay will expire on the original date of January 5th and will only be extended if by action of...
Posted on November 5, 2014 - 3:38pm by brittany.
We won’t sugarcoat this. Last night’s elections were very disappointing. We lost some pro-equality heroes in heartbreakingly close contests.
But as we continue to work for full equality, it is important to keep the...
Posted on November 5, 2014 - 2:54pm by brittany.
(November 5, 2014) -- In a mid-term election plagued by voter apathy, a strong turnout by pro-equality voters was a key factor in making Florida’s governor’s race an Election Day toss-up.
With a huge financial...
Posted on October 31, 2014 - 7:48pm by brittany.
Joan Rodriguez and Liz Molina are running out of time as they wait for Florida to finally end the ban that prevents the two women from marrying.
Liz, age 35, is losing her battle with cervical cancer and has dwindled to...
Posted on October 28, 2014 - 12:29pm by brittany.
"I am Edith S. Windsor, the plaintiff in Windsor v. United States, the case that won federal recognition of marriages for same-sex couples. The two extremely positive decisions in favor of marriage...
Posted on October 23, 2014 - 10:28am by brittany.
She speaks to us with such tremendous clarity, of a truth so incontrovertible, and with just one clarion demand: “see me the way I see myself”. Fourteen year old Jazz Jennings is the Equality Florida “Voice...
Posted on October 22, 2014 - 11:29am by brittany.
PLAYING POLITICS, FLORIDA’S AG BONDI PETITIONS FOR EXTENDED STAY IN MARRIAGE EQUALITY RULING
In a last-minute move today, Attorney General Pam Bondi has asked Judge Robert Hinkle to extend the stay of his decision...
Posted on October 22, 2014 - 10:34am by brittany.
AS FRIDAY DEADLINE NEARS, EQUALITY FLORIDA CALLS ON ATTORNEY GENERAL BONDI TO LET MARRIAGE EQUALITY COME TO FLORIDA
Group asks Bondi not to oppose lifting stay in marriage decision
Friday, October 24 is a critical day...
Posted on October 20, 2014 - 4:09pm by brittany.
VIDEO: 59 Seconds Attorney General Bondi Must Watch
Last Friday, Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne held a press conference to explain why he's not going to fight marriage equality in the state anymore - even though he...
Posted on October 17, 2014 - 2:45pm by brittany.
Next Steps For Florida Marriage Cases?
State Case - Miami / Monroe
(Equality Florida is a plaintiff in this case.)
Where we started: Trial Court (we won!)
Where we are now: 3rd District Court of...
Posted on October 17, 2014 - 8:07am by brittany.
Meet the Interns: Destiny Jones
(St. Pete Office)
1. Tell us a little about yourself...
My name is Destiny Jones (soon to be Robey) and I am a 25 year old veteran and one-half of this lesbian mother's power team. Me...
Posted on October 15, 2014 - 3:47pm by brittany.
EQUALITY FLORIDA TO HONOR JAZZ JENNINGS, 14 YEAR-OLD TRANSGENDER ADVOCATE, ONE OF TIME MAGAZINE’S “25 MOST INFLUENTIAL TEENS OF 2014"
Equality Florida Broward Gala: Sunday, November 16
On Sunday, November...
Posted on October 15, 2014 - 11:56am by brittany.
Over the last two weeks, the Hillsborough County Commission passed two important policies that will make Hillsborough a more fair place to live, work and visit for LGBT people and our families.
The unanimous passage of the...
Posted on October 13, 2014 - 8:09pm by brittany.
On October 13, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who has been criticized from every corner of the state, filed a Supplemental Response In Support Of Pass-Through Certification, asking the Third District Court of Appeal...
Posted on October 9, 2014 - 3:47pm by brittany.
SAME-SEX COUPLES TO GOVERNOR SCOTT:
“MEET WITH OUR FAMILIES. PLEASE HEAR OUR STORIES.”
(October 9, 2014) -- Today, Terry and Sharon Kant-Rauch requested a meeting with Governor Rick Scott, pleading with him to...
Posted on October 9, 2014 - 2:54pm by brittany.
11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Grants Governor Scott & Attorney General Bondi’s Request to Delay Marriage Equality Case
October 9, 2014 - Today the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit granted the...
Posted on October 8, 2014 - 11:54am by brittany.
MARRIED: FLORIDA RECOGNIZES FIRST SAME-SEX COUPLE
Arlene Goldberg officially listed as wife of Carol Goldwasser on death certificate
FORT MYERS, FL – On the heels of a groundbreaking decision by the Supreme Court...
Posted on October 6, 2014 - 10:17am by brittany.
Send Governor Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi an email urging them to stop the appeals and put an end to Florida's ban on marriage for loving same-sex couples across the state. To send an email,...
Posted on October 1, 2014 - 1:12pm by brittany.
A HUGE victory for Hillsborough County! Moments ago, the Hillsborough County Commission held a final vote and unanimously passed HERO (Hillsborough Equal Rights Ordinance). HERO will ensure that no one in Hillsborough...
Posted on October 1, 2014 - 12:59pm by brittany.
Moments ago, the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners voted 7-0 to move an ordinance creating a county-wide Domestic Partnership Registry forward to a public hearing and final vote on October 15th at 2:00pm. More...
Posted on September 30, 2014 - 3:11pm by brittany.
Meet the Interns: Morgan Smith
1. Tell us a little about yourself...
My name is Morgan Smith and I am currently studying Child Psychology at Florida State College of Jacksonville. I have aspirations...
Posted on September 27, 2014 - 1:56pm by Sue.
Two important votes are happening at the Hillsborough County Commission on Wednesday, October 1st. The Domestic Partnership Registry (DPR) and the Human Rights Ordinance (HERO). Both are important to our community and we...
Posted on September 26, 2014 - 2:26pm by Sue.
Fort Lauderdale Chamber Passes Resolution in Support of The Freedom To Marry
The Board of Directors of the Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, the largest organization of businesses in Broward County, Florida, has approved a...
Posted on September 25, 2014 - 11:37am by brittany.
Plaintiffs in a lawsuit seeking the freedom to marry in Florida, James Domer Brenner and Charles Dean Jones, have been together for 26 years. They love life in North Florida and look forward to the day they have the same...
Posted on September 22, 2014 - 1:12pm by Sue.
Today should have been the day Florida’s marriage ban ended forever, but Pam Bondi and Rick Scott made sure it didn’t and are continuing to block thousands of Floridians from marrying the person they love...
Posted on September 17, 2014 - 11:13am by Sue.
In the past 24 hours
Miami Dade leaders voted unanimously to move forward on adding Gender Identity/Expression in Miami-Dade. The coalition led by SAVE brought the issue back after it had been sidelined...
Posted on September 9, 2014 - 9:58am by brittany.
My name is Donna Brown and I have lived in our great State of Florida for more than 45 years. My partner has lived here over 24 years. We have been in a loving, committed and caring relationship for 9 years...
Posted on September 5, 2014 - 10:49am by brittany.
UPDATE: (9/9/2014) Earlier this afternoon, Broward Circuit Judge Dale Cohen cancelled the Wednesday, September 10 hearing on the same sex divorce case. According to the judge's order, the Florida Attorney General was not...
Posted on September 4, 2014 - 5:33pm by brittany.
Appeal filed to U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle’s ruling
declaring Florida’s Marriage Ban Unconstitutional:
Background: Late this afternoon Florida Attorney General’s office filed the appeal on behalf of...
Posted on September 3, 2014 - 6:36pm by brittany.
FL Cowboys Are Ready For The Freedom To Marry
On August 21, 2014, U.S. District Court Judge Robert Hinkle ruled in favor of the freedom to marry and respect for marriages legally performed between same-sex couples in other...
Posted on September 2, 2014 - 8:13pm by brittany.
FAIRNESS PREVAILS IN ATLANTIC BEACH:
ANTI-EQUALITY ACTIVISTS FAIL TO COLLECT SIGNATURES TO PUT EQUALITY TO A VOTE
When the Atlantic Beach commission passed an ordinance banning discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual...
Posted on August 29, 2014 - 3:22pm by brittany.
Crist Urges Scott to Declare That Florida Will Not Challenge
Latest Federal Decision on Marriage for All
(August 29, 2014) St. Petersburg, Fla -- Charlie Crist sent a letter to Governor Rick Scott today urging him to declare...