Today at SAVE Dade we are ecstatic that the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act that before today denied thousands of legally married same-sex couples certain federal benefits and privileges granted only to married heterosexual couples. We applaud the Justices for ruling on the side of equality and we look forward to a brighter future for LGBT couples in the United States. Today was a great win for American democracy and the time-honored American tradition of equal treatment under the law.
We are also overjoyed that we can add California as the 13th state in the union to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The Supreme Court also chose to rule on the side of equality in the Prop 8 case and we applaud the justices for that decision as well.
Overall, today is a tremendous victory for our movement, but it is not the finish line, especially in the state of Florida and Miami-Dade County where gay and transgender people can still be fired from their jobs. That's why we're committed in Miami-Dade county to passing a trans-inclusive Human Rights Ordinance that would guarantee employment and housing protections to the local trans community. Join us today at the LGBT Visitor Center on Washington Avenue and 11th Street on Miami Beach at 6PM as we celebrate today's incredible victories and plan for the continuing action in the days and weeks ahead.
Wednesday night I heard that Exodus International — the world’s largest “ex-gay” ministry — announced during its annual conference that it will close. Shortly after, the organization’s president issued a public apology to everyone who has ever been a victim of “change therapy” meant to alter sexual orientation.Read more
Today SAVE Dade welcomed the passage of a first-of-its-kind ordinance providing for reimbursement of taxes on health benefits to city employees in domestic partnerships. The move was hailed as another step forward for a city that in recent years has put itself ahead of the curve when it comes to LGBT issues.Read more
The Miami-Dade County Commission yesterday sent to committee a proposal to amend the preexisting County’s Human Rights Ordinance to create new protections in housing, employment, and public accommodations for people who are transgender in the domains of housing, employment, and public accommodations.Read more
The 8th Annual Champions of Equality reception was a resounding success! We here at SAVE Dade would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all of our honorees, volunteers, attendees and of course, our generous sponsors. Scroll down to view our accomplishments at Champions 2013!
"This is a bad bill that could've been worse for the LGBT community" - CJ OrtuñoRead more
We are proud to announce our 2013 Champions of Equality and Hall of Champions inductees. Designed as an event to honor those who have made positive change for the Miami-Dade LGBT community, Champions of Equality has recognized some our community’s most influential leaders such as Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Senator Bill Nelson, Bacardi Corp, and the ACLU to name a few. Please take a moment to learn about this year’s Champions:Read more
SAVE Dade is pleased that the Miami Dolphins acted swiftly and took immediate action in light of Mr. Wallace's insensitive comments towards the LGBT community. The Dolphins’ rapid steps reassure us that their organization believes in inclusiveness and respect. We all know that the first step towards accepting a culture of inclusiveness is to educate a community and to commit to open dialogue. SAVE believes that today the Miami Dolphins showed they are willing to be part of the education campaign that must continue throughout South Florida, the state and the nation to achieve greater acceptance for all.Read more