Rally in Tally (Equality Florida Event)

  • IdkMyBffJill

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    Mar 13, 2009 11:42 PM GMT
    Equality Florida has set up a "Rally in Tally" event and lobbying week in Tallahassee, next week. The main rally is Monday 3/16/09 at noon with several lobbying training sessions at various times starting Sunday evening (more specific details at website below).

    http://factequality.org/rallyintally/

    Florida has a number of high stakes LGBT issues in it's legislature so this is an important time to meet with your state elected officials and such.

    Anyone going?
  • IdkMyBffJill

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    Mar 14, 2009 1:29 AM GMT
    Yeah, those out-dated laws cause everyone issues. In Alabama - we've had problems with female student housing because of similar laws ("Brothel Prevention")...

    Regardless - here is an email regarding the current LGBT issues that have been introduced into the FL leg. This is a copy/paste from an Equality Florida email:

    Sen. Eleanor Sobel (Hallandale Beach) has introduced a statewide Domestic Partnership bill (SB 1642). Equality Florida has been working closely with Sen. Sobel in preparing this historic legislation. The companion bill will be sponsored in the house by Rep. Richard Steinberg (Miami Beach). As a Miami Beach City Commissioner, Rep. Steinberg played a key role in passing Florida's strongest Domestic Partnership policy.

    The introduction of these domestic partnership bills comes at a time when public support is at an all time high for this legislation. The latest polls show 77% of Floridians in favor of extending benefits to unmarried couples.

    It also comes as a South Florida hospital is embroiled in a lawsuit for refusing to grant a woman access to her partner as she lay dying at Jackson Memorial Hospital. The case has provoked international outrage and highlights the vulnerability gay couples face when there is no legal framework to protect their families.

    If passed, this bill would ensure committed, unmarried couples throughout Florida have access to basic legal rights like visiting each other in the hospital.

    Many places in Florida already understand the importance of offering domestic partner protections. Miami Dade County enacted domestic partner benefits in the past year, as did the cities of Sarasota and Orlando.


    Civil Rights Protections

    Senator Ted Deutch (Delray Beach) has introduced a Civil Rights bill that would make it illegal to fire someone, deny them housing or access to public accommodations because they are LGBT. Florida is one of thirty states where it is legal to discriminate in housing and employment based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

    Rep. Kelly Skidmore (Boca Raton) has already introduced the House version (HB 397) and Equality Florida is continuing to build on the twenty co-sponsors already signed up.

    It is against current Florida law to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status or familial status. These bills would add sexual orientation and gender identity to already protected classes.

    Equality Florida applauds Senator Deutch, Representative Skidmore and Senator Sobel and Representative Steinberg for sponsoring these vital bills.
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    Mar 14, 2009 2:28 AM GMT
    Damn.......I really wish I could make it over to Tally this coming week.
    I have some classes to attend on M,T.and W....
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    Mar 14, 2009 2:34 AM GMT
    Go FL! My old stompin' grounds.
    I'd like to see equal rights for us there
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    Mar 14, 2009 8:34 PM GMT
    IdkMyBffJill saidThe introduction of these domestic partnership bills comes at a time when public support is at an all time high for this legislation. The latest polls show 77% of Floridians in favor of extending benefits to unmarried couples.

    What the hell poll is that??? I live here (whereas you do not), and Florida just passed another of those anti-gay state marriage amendments in 2008 by a wide majority. These press releases you quote are a lot of self-serving bull.

    The truth is, the vast majority of Floridians hate gays, and it's only because we GLBT have big numbers in South Florida that we manage as well as we do. Anywhere north of Orlando it's red-neck country and open season on gays.

    I can predict without fear of contradiction these legislative initiatives will fail badly, and even if they somehow did succeed, a Republican Governor (Crist) would veto them. So why are you posting this misleading nonsense about my state?
  • IdkMyBffJill

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    Mar 15, 2009 2:52 PM GMT
    Red_Vespa Said:
    What the hell poll is that??? I live here (whereas you do not)... These press releases you quote are a lot of self-serving bull. The truth is, the vast majority of Floridians hate gays. So why are you posting this misleading nonsense about my state?
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    With all due respect -- get a grip of yourself Red Vespa.
    A few points of clarity for you:

    1) It CLEARLY states in the post that it is a copy/paste from an Equality Florida email. When you copy/paste you do not take ownership of the information. I was simply posting this information as a public service about this event that I consider to be worthy and appropriate for a "gay news & events" forum.

    2) Not that is at all relevant .. but I've lived in FL my whole life, and am considered a FL resident legally and otherwise. I do currenlty reside out of state for the academic year - as I'm finishing a doctoral degree.

    Are you sure that people "hate you because you are gay" ... I'm pretty sure it's your attitude, my dear.