SAVE Dade is pleased to announce a major victory in the Town of Bay Harbor Islands. Last week, the Town Council unanimously passed a Domestic Partnership Ordinance on second reading that would guarantee Town employees who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) the same rights and benefits as all other city employees.
From the office of Congresswoman Frederica Wilson:
Congresswoman Frederica Wilson is a steadfast advocate for the LGBT community and views LGBT rights as a civil right battle of our time. She is a Congressional co-sponsor of both the bill to repeal DOMA and the Uniting Families Act and has been recognized by Human Rights Campaign and SAVE Dade as a strong supporter of marriage equality.
SAVE Dade expresses deep concern over the recent actions taken at the Miami-Dade Commission meeting by the Christian Family Coalition.
Lately we’ve been hearing lots about the “sequester” – Washington-ese for automatic budget cuts resulting from the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, itself a result of the Budget Control Act of 2011 passed to avert that year’s debt-ceiling crisis.
Understandably, that sentence reads as DC gibberish to all but the most obsessed political junkies and out-of-touch pols. But the “sequester” will affect everyone, including the LGBT community in Florida, which benefits from funding for things like HIV/AIDS services, mental health treatment, and substance abuse programs.
So how does the “sequester” relate to things like health services for at-risk populations like the LGBT community?
A friend-of-the-court brief has been filed with the Supreme Court in the case challenging the Constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Government (CREW), a government watch-dog group.
The brief explains how DOMA's exclusion of same-sex couples from the Federal definitions of "marriage" and "spouse" results in the exemption of same-sex couples from requirements and limitations under the Ethics in Government Act, the tax code, and bankruptcy laws that apply to opposite-sex couples.