Icon of America’s Roadways Recognizes Marriage Equality

Equality Florida
July 23, 2009
During a face-to-face meeting yesterday between Equality Florida and AAA South, top management at the 4th largest AAA affiliate in the country committed to recognizing all spouses, regardless of gender or sexual orientation. The policy allows married same-sex couples (whether married in other states or countries) to receive spousal discounts under AAA's Associate Membership program. [Link]

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Kept From a Dying Partner’s Bedside

New York Times
May 19, 2009

When a loved one is in the hospital, you naturally want to be at the bedside. But what if the staff won’t allow it? That's what happened to a woman trying to visit her dying partner's bedside because they cannot get married. (Link)

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Florida Supreme Court Hears Bar’s Support of Gay Adoption Case

The News-Press
April 23, 2009

The Florida Supreme Court heard a case yesterday involving the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar and whether it can file an amicus brief in support of gay parents as part of the ongoing legal challenge to Florida's anti-gay adoption ban. [Link]

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Florida Lawmaker Files Bills That Would Legalize Gay Adoptions

Miami Herald
March 11, 2009
Fla. state Sen. Nan Rich, who is co-chair of the Senate Children & Families Committee, has filed two bills that would lift the Fla. law banning gay men and lesbians from adopting and specify that judges would determine adoptions based solely on the best interests of children. [Link]

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Florida Senator Pushes to Allow Gay Couples to Adopt

Tallahassee Democrat
January 7, 2009
In hopes of sustaining the discussion about adoption by gay parents in Fla. until the issue reaches the State Supreme Court, Fla. State Sen. Nan Rich has filed two bills that would allow gay couples to adopt children: "This has to do with the best interests of children." [Link]

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Florida high court to rule on adoption ban

The News-Press
December 27, 2008
Under current law, gay people are not allowed to adopt children, but a recent court ruling making its way to the state's Supreme Court may change that. Florida upholds the only outright ban in the nation. [Link]

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Crist to Wed Today, Marriage-Rights Vigils Expected

Associated Press
December 12, 2008
Fla. Gov. Charlie Crist plans to marry Friday in St. Petersburg. A group called Impact-Florida says it will hold a candlelight vigil near the ceremony to advocate that all Floridians be able to marry. [Link]

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EDITORIAL: New Blow to Adoption Ban

Palm Beach Post
December 2, 2008
The Palm Beach Post editorial board writes about various children's health and research organizations now concurring that children of gay parents are as well adjusted as those of straight parents, applauding a Miami judge's recent ruling that Fla.'s adoption ban is unconstitutional. [Link]

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Florida ban on gay adoptions ruled unconstitutional

Miami Herald
November 25, 2008
Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Cindy Lederman Tuesday declared Florida's 50-year-old ban on gay people adoptioning unconstitutional -- a ruling state lawyers immediately said they would challenge. [Link]

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Equality’s Winding Path

New York Times
November 6, 2008
The Times editorial staff writes about anti-gay measures passing in California, Florida, Arkansas, and Arizona: "We do not view these results as reason for despair. Struggles over civil rights never follow a straight trajectory, and the ugly outcome of these ballot fights should not obscure the building momentum for full equality for gay people, including acceptance of marriage between gay men and women. But the votes remind us of how much remains to be done before this bigotry is finally erased." (Link)

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