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PHOTOS: The 20th Annual Halloween Ball!

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)




Gary Resnick for Mayor of Wilton Manors!

Florida-Agenda_Mayor-Resnick_Gary.pngThis November, it's so important for South Floridians to stand TOGETHER with pro-equality candidates -- and today we're very proud to announce SAVE Action PAC's endorsement of Gary Resnick in the November 4, 2014 election for Mayor of Wilton Manors!

Gary is a proudly gay man who has served the Village of Wilton Manors as its Mayor since his first election to that position in 2008. Prior to that, Gary served on the Village Commission since 1998, and since becoming mayor he has been re-elected twice.

Wilton Manors has one of the densest populations of LGBT people in the world, and Gary's decades of experience have helped serve well the residents of Wilton Manors and the LGBT community alike. SAVE Action PAC is pleased to endorse his bid for re-election this November 4th.

Without protections from discrimination for LGBT people at the state and federal level, we must count on local leaders like Gary Resnick to push for pro-equality policies. SAVE Action PAC is proud to recommend to Wilton Manors voters to RE-ELECT Mayor Resnick!


Earlier this year, SAVE Action PAC also issued these endorsements for local and statewide office, U.S. Congress, and the Florida legislature. Don't forget to vote for these pro-equality candidates on your ballot:

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Don't forget to vote on ballot measures!
SAVE Action PAC's positions are as follows:

YES on Amendment 1
Florida Water and Land Conservation Initiative

Why? Local geography and ecology make South Florida especially vulnerable to environmental damage and lowering of quality of life. This initiative will help preserve the quality of life expected by South Florida's LGBT residents and beyond.

YES on Amendment 2
Florida Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative

Why? Early research suggests medicinal potential for certain preparations of cannabis, including for stimulation of weight gain in patients exhibiting AIDS-related wasting syndrome.

Given that members of the LGBT community -- particularly men who have sex with men -- continue to suffer disproportionately from the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and given that South Florida is one of the hardest-hit places in America by the disease, it is SAVE's position that legalization of medical marijuana in Florida is warranted for the purpose of conducting research into finding new HIV/AIDS treatments.

NO on Amendment 3
Florida Prospective Judicial Vacancies

Why? This initiative affects the power of the Governor of Florida to pick judges when one governor is outgoing and another is incoming. Currently, incoming (new) governors have the power to pick certain Florida judges. Amendment 3 gives that power instead to outgoing governors.

In practice, if incumbent Gov. Rick Scott loses re-election, Amendment 3, if passed, would give him the power to appoint judges in the vein of other anti-equality Scott appointees, even though a different candidate will have won.



To find out when and where to vote, please visit savedade.org/vote.

VOTE BY MAIL! Skip the line on Election Day.
Request an absentee ballot here. >

Happy voting! Thank you for your support!

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Florida recognizes Arlene Goldberg as married to late wife

 

“Carol and I loved each other for nearly half a century. We were married.
That’s supposed to mean something."


Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/gay-south-florida/article2274254.html#storylink=cpy

That's what Ft. Myers widow Arlene Goldberg said about her late wife of 47 years Carol Goldwasser on the day she joined with SAVE and eight married gay couples represented by the ACLU of Florida to challenge our state's refusal to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages.

In Tallahassee, U.S. District Judge Hinkle agreed. In his pro-marriage ruling this August, he ordered the state to recognize Arlene as Carol's surviving wife on Carol's death certificate. Today, that documentation was finalized.

When Carol passed, Arlene should have received Social Security survivor benefits to help care for Carol's elderly surviving parents. But because of Florida's policy of marriage discrimination, the state left Arlene behind at the time when she needed help the most.

It's a bittersweet moment, but we are very happy today for Arlene's success in court. Now is the time to reflect on those who we fight for who might no longer be with us today -- like Arlene did in the memory of her beloved Carol, so too must we continue the fight for equality for those we love. That's why we're hard at work fighting for marriage in court and helping elect pro-marriage candidates like Charlie Crist for Governor and George Sheldon for Attorney General.

We've never been prouder to stand TOGETHER with my community. Thank you for all you do.

 




Doral to vote down same-sex benefits?

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^ Opposition junk mail hate flyer.

Can you believe it? Last month, the City Council of Doral in northwest Miami-Dade agreed to extend benefits to domestic partners of city employees and next week they will be voting on adopting the measure in their city code. This is a bold step in the direction of inclusion and equality.

Because of Florida's discriminatory ban on same-sex marriage, the only option for many committed gay and lesbian Florida couples is to enter domestic partnerships, which SAVE worked to legalize in Miami-Dade County.

Westboro church-style hate groups have promised to show up at the City Council on Wednesday to cause a scene and to intimidate officials and supporters of the measure.

They think they can drown out our voices with anger, but it won't work. As long as we show up too, our leaders will know that the majority supports LGBT equality.

Will you join us Wednesday as we rally to counter the hate with a positive message of equality and inclusion for Doral?
RSVP HERE >

Only by standing TOGETHER will we make sure that the leaders of Doral know that support for LGBT equality is a winning position with voters. Please join us.




SAVE issues endorsements in Miami-Dade municipal races

This November, it's so important that we stand TOGETHER with pro-equality candidates -- and we're proud to announce today SAVE Action PAC's endorsements in the November 4, 2014 elections for Miami-Dade County municipal offices!

These candidates for local office were hand-picked by fellow members of the local LGBT community. After a rigorous interview process, these are the candidates for Miami-Dade municipal office who most impressed our endorsement panels.

Without protections from discrimination for LGBT people at the state and federal level, we must count on our local leaders to push for pro-equality policies. We're confident that once in office, these local candidates will do just that, and SAVE Action PAC is proud to endorse them.

By standing TOGETHER with these local leaders, we can score a win for equality on November 4th:

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Last week, SAVE also issued these endorsements for statewide office, U.S. Congress, and the Florida legislature. Don't forget to vote for these pro-equality candidates at the top of your ballot:

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Don't forget to vote on ballot measures!
SAVE Action PAC's positions are as follows:

YES on Amendment 1
Florida Water and Land Conservation Initiative

Why? Local geography and ecology make South Florida especially vulnerable to environmental damage and lowering of quality of life. This initiative will help preserve the quality of life expected by South Florida's LGBT residents and beyond.

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YES on Amendment 2
Florida Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative

Why? Early research suggests medicinal potential for certain preparations of cannabis, including for stimulation of weight gain in patients exhibiting AIDS-related wasting syndrome.

Given that members of the LGBT community -- particularly men who have sex with men -- continue to suffer disproportionately from the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and given that South Florida is one of the hardest-hit places in America by the disease, it is SAVE's position that legalization of medical marijuana in Florida is warranted for the purpose of conducting research into finding new HIV/AIDS treatments.
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NO on Amendment 3
Florida Prospective Judicial Vacancies

Why? This initiative affects the power of the Governor of Florida to pick judges when one governor is outgoing and another is incoming. Currently, incoming (new) governors have the power to pick certain Florida judges. Amendment 3 gives that power instead to outgoing governors.

In practice, if incumbent Gov. Rick Scott loses re-election, Amendment 3, if passed, would give him the power to appoint judges in the vein of other anti-equality Scott appointees, even though a different candidate will have won.



To find out when and where to vote, please visit savedade.org/vote.

DON'T FORGET! The deadline to register to vote is NEXT MONDAY, OCTOBER 6.
Print your registration here >

Happy voting! Thank you for your support!

SAVE
http://www.savedade.org/

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SAVE announces endorsements in November 4 elections

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This past August we saw how important it was to vote pro-equality -- and we're proud to announce today SAVE Action PAC's endorsements in the November 4, 2014 elections for statewide offices, U.S. Congress, and the Florida House of Representatives!

We're proud to report that our slate of candidates was hand-picked by fellow members of the local LGBT community. After a rigorous interview process, these are the candidates who most impressed our LGBT & allied panelists.

We're confident that by standing TOGETHER with these great leaders, we can score another resounding victory for equality on November 4th.


Don't forget to vote on ballot measures, too!

SAVE Action PAC's positions are as follows:

 

YES on Amendment 1
Florida Water and Land Conservation Initiative

Why? Local geography and ecology make South Florida especially vulnerable to environmental damage and lowering of quality of life. This initiative will help preserve the quality of life expected by South Florida's LGBT residents and beyond.

YES on Amendment 2
Florida Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative

Why? Early research suggests medicinal potential for certain preparations of cannabis, including for stimulation of weight gain in patients exhibiting AIDS-related wasting syndrome.

Given that members of the LGBT community -- particularly men who have sex with men -- continue to suffer disproportionately from the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and given that South Florida is one of the hardest-hit places in America by the disease, it is SAVE's position that legalization of medical marijuana in Florida is warranted for the purpose of conducting research into finding new HIV/AIDS treatments.

NO on Amendment 3
Florida Prospective Judicial Vacancies

Why? This initiative affects the power of the Governor of Florida to pick judges when one governor is outgoing and another is incoming. Currently, incoming (new) governors have the power to pick certain Florida judges. Amendment 3 gives that power instead to outgoing governors.

In practice, if incumbent Gov. Rick Scott loses re-election, Amendment 3, if passed, would give him the power to appoint judges in the vein of other anti-equality Scott appointees, even though a different candidate will have




All-inclusive HRO passes on first reading!

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We're very pleased today that with the support of SAVE, the County Commissioners just voted YES to move forward on a proposal to protect everyone in the county, including people who are transgender or don't fit gender stereotypes, from discrimination in employment, housing, and public places!

While today was only the first step of many before we are able to secure this critical update, we're confident that by standing TOGETHER we can keep the pro-equality momentum going to pass this measure later this year.

Now is the time to make your voice heard. Help secure a WIN for human rights this year -- DONATE >> or VOLUNTEER >> now!

Without people like you, we could never pass such important measures like an all-inclusive countywide Human Rights Ordinance. Thank you so much for your support. SAVE looks forward to standing TOGETHER with you when we win this fight.

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Credit where credit is due

Recently, we heard from an outgoing incumbent elected official that last Tuesday's win for pro-equality candidates was a result engineered by "special interests" looking out not for our communities, but rather for only themselves.

Isn't politics funny? When engaged citizens knock on doors, make phone calls, and exercise their American right to vote, they're called "special interests." But when wealthy fringe actors and hate groups hijack the debate for the benefit of a powerful few, they call it "influence."

Equality isn't a special interest: it's good for us all. To those who would label the voice of engaged communities as a "special interest": by standing TOGETHER, people can have influence, too. And we proved it on Tuesday at the ballot box with a tremendous win for equality.

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It's long since time that politicians at all levels started paying attention to the needs of the people they represent. On Tuesday, we put them on notice, and we will continue to hold our leaders accountable when they oppose steps to promote equality for all.

Thank you for your support,

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Field Director, SAVE
justin@savedade.org
http://www.savedade.org/

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