Last night we celebrated an amazing victory for equality. Not only did our endorsed candidate for governor Charlie Crist win his primary race, but so did judicial candidates Martin Zilber, Veronica Diaz, and Alberto Milian, and North Miami mayoral candidate Kevin Burns made it to his runoff!
The sweetest win of all came in South Dade where pro-equality candidate Daniella Levine Cava defeated the anti-LGBT incumbent in the county commission race in Miami-Dade's 8th district!
SAVE endorsed Daniella early in the race. Over the last year, our volunteers, directed by our amazing field staffers Charo and Justin, knocked on thousands of doors and placed thousands of calls, measuring support for LGBT equality. Once Daniella entered the race, our volunteers made sure those supporters knew that she was the pro-equality candidate in the race.
Our efforts helped make the difference yesterday, and it's all thanks to you. But this fight isn't over.
Over the next ten weeks, SAVE will redouble our efforts on behalf of equality as we approach the November 4 general elections. On that day, we will have the chance to make our voices heard in statewide races for positions like governor and attorney general, and in federal and state congressional races as well.
The fight for equality is only beginning.
Will you join our effort to win in November? Volunteer now.
We are going to need all hands on deck to repeat yesterday's amazing victory in ten weeks. Please join me in helping secure a victory for equality this November.
Thanks for your support!
Have you bought your Luminary Awards tickets yet? Celebrate the win for equality with us on September 5!
We'll see you September 5!
We had to tell you first: a judge has just ruled in SAVE's favor in the federal marriage recognition lawsuit we filed with the ACLU of Florida.
We WON our case!!
The ruling has already been stayed, meaning that any decision won't go into effect until a higher court rules. But today's decision means relief is finally in sight for thousands of gay and lesbian Floridians married out-of-state.
For a couple like Tom and Juan, it means that their baby son might finally get the protections afforded children of opposite-sex couples under the laws of Florida.
The list goes on. And while the fight doesn't end today, it's a huge step closer to justice for married gay and lesbian Floridians.
YOU made our success possible, but the fight isn't over.
We need your help to keep the fight alive for another round!
Onward! Thank you for your support!
We just learned the news that Attorney General Pam Bondi asked a Florida appeals court to put two marriage equality cases on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the issue.
Her reason: to save the taxpayers' money and resources.
Make no mistake -- this isn't about saving time or money. If she wanted to save money, Pam Bondi had the choice to end her crusade against marriage before it started.
No, this is about stall tactics. Attorney General Bondi knows that courts at all levels will rule in favor of equality, and she knows her actions will serve only to delay justice for LGBT familes.
The voters elected Bondi to defend justice for all Floridians. That she would seek instead to delay justice, wasting millions of taxpayer dollars in the process, is unacceptable.
When it comes to winning equality for LGBT people, the path to victory is plain and simple: change hearts and minds.
That's why we're so proud to announce today SAVE Action PAC's endorsement of Charlie Crist for another term as Florida's governor.
Since his days supporting measures like the statewide ban on same-sex marriage, Governor Crist has come a long way. By 2010 he had boldly rejected the political risks and came out in favor of pro-equality policies like ENDA and the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
It’s stories like these about winning hearts and minds that continue to inspire activists all over the state. Because of our movement's hard work engaging the community, we changed Governor Crist's mind. He has responded by putting in the hard work to prove his support for LGBT people.
Changing hearts and minds isn’t easy, and it’s one thing to say you’ve changed your mind, but entirely another to take concrete actions.
The Governor has put actions behind his words by announcing his support for marriage equality for all Floridians, including filing a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of the gay and lesbian couples in the Miami-Dade Marriage Equality Lawsuit, and by promising executive action on equality on day one of his term.
Meanwhile, the current Governor, refuses to address questions on LGBT issues. Even worse, he publicly supports Attorney General Pam Bondi's crusade against marriage equality in court.
The choice is clear: Charlie Crist is the pro-equality candidate in the race. We hope you'll join SAVE in proudly supporting him on November 4.
Thank you for your support!
SAVE is excited to report today that a Broward County judge has just ruled that Florida must recognize the civil union of Heather Brassner and Megan Lade, who married in Vermont.
Heather now lives in Broward with a new partner, but because Florida won’t recognize her prior union with ex-partner Megan, Heather can’t get a divorce, even though she moved on from that relationship years ago.
"We’ve been separated for four years,” said Heather to the Miami Herald. “I call it ‘the invisible string.’ It’s hard because you’ve moved on.”
We applaud Judge Cohen on his fair and principled reasoning in this ruling. If gay and lesbian Floridians are to be equal under the law, Florida should recognize their unions and allow them the same rights as opposite-sex spouses, including the right to divorce.
The ruling is the third in three weeks in Florida for marriage equality. SAVE and the ACLU of Florida hope to leverage today's momentum into a fourth pro-equality ruling in the coming days as we await a decision in our marriage recognition case pending before federal court. Learn more about the case HERE.
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Today, we learned the amazing news that Circuit Court Judge Sarah Zabel has ruled that Miami-Dade County must honor marriage equality for same-sex couples. In response to the momentous decision, Executive Director Tony Lima had this to say:
I'm overjoyed that Judge Zabel has ruled on the side of the U.S. Constitution and on the side of equality for gay and lesbian Floridians. We congratulate the plaintiffs on their success and call on Attorney General Bondi to drop her appeal so that gay and lesbian couples can begin to marry in Miami-Dade. We are hopeful that we can leverage the positive momentum into a pro-equality ruling in SAVE & the ACLU's marriage recognition lawsuit being fought in federal court.
Attorney General Pam Bondi has already appealed the decision, which means that marriage equality won't arrive in Miami-Dade County at the very least until the appeals court issues a ruling, but still, it's excellent news. We're hopeful to achieve similar success in our own federal marriage recognition lawsuit being argued by the ACLU of Florida.
In remarks at Catholic University on Wednesday, Florida's junior senator Marco Rubio claimed to be the victim of "intolerance," boasting that, "before this speech is over, I will be attacked as someone who is a hater or a bigot or someone who is anti-gay."
Clearly, Senator Rubio wants to distract from the issues by alleging name-calling. But the issue here shouldn’t be made-up claims of name-calling, it should be Marco Rubio’s record in elective office, a record which is clearly anti-LGBT and anti-family.
We find it somewhat ironic that a politician with a consistently anti-family record like Marco Rubio could give a speech about supposed "family values," but this being the business of politics, we are not surprised.
Senator Rubio should drop this brand of small politics and stick to addressing the issues for the sake of Florida’s voters, instead of playing the victim to score political points.
The real victims are the countless LGBT families denied their rights, not a powerful senator with the backing of special interests.
SAVE congratulates board member and former Chair Joe Falk on his appointment today by President Barack Obama as a member of the William Fulbright Scholarship Board.
Appointed by the President of the United States, the 12-member J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board was established by Congress to supervise the global Fulbright Program as authorized by the Fulbright-Hays Act of 1961. It meets quarterly in Washington, DC to supervise the prestigious Fulbright scholarship program.
In addition to serving for many years on SAVE's Board of Directors, including a stint as its Chair, Joe is an openly gay businessman and a member and prolific contributor to the local and national LGBT movements.
SAVE applauds President Obama on his strong record of LGBT appointments to his administration. We wish Joe the best of luck as he assumes the responsibilities of his new role.