The State of Florida has appealed the victorious ruling in SAVE and the ACLU's federal marriage equality case to the U.S. Supreme Court.
It's sad, given how hard Governor Scott, his appointees, and Attorney General Bondi have fought to keep loving and committed couples from getting married and having their marriages recognized in Florida, that they would keep up this dead-end fight. And with just weeks until the ruling is scheduled to go into effect, it's especially disappointing.
Florida families have waited long enough for the end of a ban that a federal court has declared unconstitutional. Since October, the Supreme Court has refused all requests to stay rulings striking down the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage in other states.
We are hopeful they will do the same here so that loving couples and their children can get the protections for which they have waited so long. We won't stop until we've won the rights we deserve.
The countdown is on! Will the state of Florida appeal?
Marriage equality will arrive on the shores of our beautiful Sunshine State as soon as January 6th!Read more
We're overjoyed to announce that the Miami-Dade County Commission has just PASSED nondiscrimination protections for people who are transgender!Read more
We wanted to break the news to you first: the Miami-Dade County Commission has just voted to move forward on an update to the countywide Human Rights Ordinance that would add nondiscrimination protections for transgender and gender-nonconforming people!
Thank you to Commissioners Sally Heyman, Audrey Edmonson, and Bruno Barreiro for standing up and voting for equality! And thanks to everyone who joined us today!
Now, the proposal goes to the full 13-member Commission for a FINAL VOTE on TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2
This is a critically needed update. Right now, it is legal to fire someone in Miami-Dade County just because they are transgender or gender nonconforming.
Opponents bussed in more than 200 speakers from across the state to intimidate the Commission. But desipte being frustratingly outnumbered, our argument in favor of equality for all won the day. Without a stronger show of support next time, their scare tactics might succeed.
That's why we need YOU to join us ONE LAST TIME at the County Commission chamber on December 2! Click here to RSVP. >
This is the most important fight to affect South Florida's LGBT community in many years. The vote will go down to the wire. We must make sure the voting Commissioners hear our voices. On December 2nd, more than ever before, we need you to join us and make your voice heard. Please join us. >>
This Sunday, SAVE partnered with The Palace on South Beach for Drag Out the VOTE, a get out the vote event for pro-equality voters. The event, which welcomed appearances by Miami Beach Commissioner Mickey Steinberg and Lieutenant Governor candidate Annette Taddeo, helped drive over 500 voters to the Miami Beach early voting site.
HAVEN'T VOTED YET?
We're so excited to announce that after an outpouring of support from grassroots activists like YOU, we are now running our commercial in the Tallahassee area!
By standing TOGETHER as a community, YOU made it possible to expand our campaign to turn out record numbers of pro-equality voters.
But we're not done yet:
Help expand our campaign further!
This Tuesday afternoon, supporters of SAVE made the trip out to Versailles restaurant in Miami, where Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, known for spearheading the legal crusade against marriage equality in Florida, made an appearance in support of her re-election campaign.
Chanting "Pam Bondi's got to go!" and holding up pro-marriage equality signs, the supporters of SAVE rallied the neighborhood in support of the message of equality for all, in contrast to the Bondi campaign's message of discrimination for LGBT Floridians. Scroll down for video and pictures of the demonstration.
This Saturday, October 25, 2014, SAVE celebrated its 20th Annual Halloween Ball: Once Upon a Midnight Scary. The event saw over 700 supporters of equality turn out in Downtown Miami for the most terrifying event in the LGBT fundraiser's 20-year history.
Scroll down to view pictures of the event! (Photos from Steve Rothaus' Gay South Florida)