Tonight our executive director, Nadine Smith, and deputy director, Stratton Pollitzer, attended the President's reception at the White House in honor of Pride Month.
During his address President Barack Obama reinforced his commitment to ending DOMA (the defense of marriage act) and DADT (Don't Ask, Don't Tell) and passing a fully-inclusive ENDA (Employment Non-Discrimination Act).
After his address, Nadine approached the President and handed him a letter on behalf the 131,000 Equality Florida supporters and all fair-minded Americans calling upon him to take action against Florida's shameful adoption ban.
See a video of Nadine handing the letter to the President and a copy of the letter below:
Dear Mr. President,
Thank you for the invitation to join you for the White House LGBT Pride Reception.
On behalf of the 131,000 households that support the work of Equality Florida and all fair-minded Americans I ask you to please lend your voice to ending a law that literally tears families apart.
Every Wednesday for almost a year these two boys wonder if the court will decide to let them be adopted by their foster dad of over 5 years or whether they will be torn from their home and likely separated.
Florida is the only state with a statute that specifically bans gay people from adopting but already anti-gay groups are preparing to launch a ballot measure to make this devastating discrimination part of the state constitution. We must end this now in Florida or we will see it on the ballot state after state.