One million LGBT parents raising two million kids: what’s the problem?

Jennifer Chrisler, Executive Director of Family Equality Council, responds to comments made by Former Republican Governor Mike Huckabee earlier this month that the country shouldn't "experiment" by allowing gay couples to adopt children. "Children are not puppies," he said. "This is not a time to see if we can experiment and find out, how does this work?"

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Newspaper coverage a reflection of gay-tolerant community

Edward Schumacher-Matos writes in response to a Miami Herald reader who feels there has been one-sided pro-gay rights coverage in the newspaper.

"In recent years, most of us have come to accept the scientific view that sexual orientation is not a life choice, but a matter of genetics that defines a person as much as race. It is opposition to gay rights that is the life choice. If morality is important in guiding the newspaper -- and I think it is -- then this means that the newspaper is morally obliged to be more concerned about its impact on gays in our community than on those whose life choice is to restrict them."

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Readers Angry About Florida’s Ban on Adoption by Gay Couples

Orlando Sentinel
February 5, 2010

Scott Maxwell writes about the responses he received regarding a column he wrote about Florida's ban on adoption by gay and lesbian couples. "Most readers said they were sick and tired of the extremists putting politics ahead of children." [Link]

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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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