STATUS: Anti-relationship recognition constitutional amendment
TAKE ACTION: State advocacy groups are working toward fairness for all of Florida's families by overturning a constitutional amendment that prohibits all forms of family status for same-sex couples in the state.
HISTORY: In 2008, anti-gay forces in Florida pushed through an anti-marriage constitutional amendment that excluded same-sex couples from marriage and prohibited same-sex couples from attaining any form of legal family status.
Several jurisdictions, including Miami, Orlando, and Tampa, have passed protections for domestic partners.
POLLING DATA: Voters in Florida are moving on marriage, with 75% saying they support either marriage or civil union for same-sex couples. (Public Policy Polling, March 2013)
GROUPS ACTIVELY WORKING ON MARRIAGE:
- Equality Florida is a statewide education and advocacy organization dedicated to eliminating discrimination based on sexual orientation, race, gender and class.
- Florida Together is a federation of organizations committed to achieving equality and justice for LGBT Floridians.
- ACLU of Florida is the state affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union.
- Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage for same-sex couples nationwide.
- Human Rights Campaign is the United States' largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality.
NUMBER OF SAME-SEX COUPLES: According to The Williams Institute's analysis of the 2010 U.S. Census, 48,496 same-sex couples are living in Florida, representing 6.5 same-sex couples per 1,000 households.
Blog Posts Related to Florida
Over the next two months, Freedom to Marry is celebrating a huge year of victories with a new video billboard in New York City to send a message that love - and marriage - are for everyone, and will be displayed in the heart of Times Square throughout the holiday season.
March 30 was an amazing day for Jonathan, Dwayne, and all of their guests - a day that's hard to explain in words. Lucky for us - the couple hired a remarkable videographer, Celia Hilton, to capture the day for supporters of the freedom to marry.
This week, the DHS issued a statement that formalizes the new post-DOMA policy that gay and lesbian Americans can sponsor their married foreign national spouses for immigration purposes. At last, married binational same-sex couples will no longer fear separation from each other or be forced to live their lives in legal limbo.
Resources Related to Florida
UCLA demographers analyzing 2010 Census Bureau data have found that same-sex couples raising children are more common in the South than in any other region in the United States.
The Southern Poverty Law Center provides a detailed listing of anti-gay groups know for their dangerous propaganda aimed at lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
The Florida Third District Court of Appeal decision affirming a circuit court ruling that found a law banning gay and lesbian people from adopting children unconstitutional.