South Florida Man at Forefront of Effort to Legalize Adoptions by Same-Sex Couples

Palm Beach Post
November 22, 2009
The ongoing case of openly gay Martin Gill, who has mounted a legal challenge to Florida's ban on adoption by gay parents so that he may adopt two children he has fostered for nearly five years, could set precedent in Florida surrounding the state's controversial adoption law. [Link]

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Florida Nurses Apologize to Woman Who Couldn’t Visit Dying Partner

McClatchy Newspapaers
November 22, 2009
In a town hall-style meeting on Thursday, several nurses from Miami's Jackson Memorial Hospital personally apologized to a lesbian from Washington state who said that a hospital social worker wouldn't allow her to be with her dying partner in 2007. Registered nurse Norberto Molina: "I can't imagine what you went through." [Link]

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Court Dismisses Suit by Lesbian Who Couldn’t See Dying Partner at Miami Hospital

The Miami Herald
September 30, 2009
A federal court in Miami has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a Washington state lesbian who was not allowed to visit her dying partner at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Lambda Legal says the case "highlights how vulnerable same-sex couples and their families are." [Link]

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University of South Florida to Provide Partner Benefits

St. Petersburg Times
September 10, 2009
After two years of discussions, the University of South Florida plans to start offering full domestic partner benefits to employees. University president Judy Genshaft says "We believe it's the right thing to do, and we'll work to make it happen this year." [Link]

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Couple that kept relationship secret for decades, celebrating 70 years together

South Florida Sun-Sentinel
July 18, 2009
A party celebrating 70 years together is a big deal for any pair. But a celebration of this couple's love takes on special meaning, considering they had to keep silent about it for decades. [Link]

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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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