Congress renews LGBT-inclusive Violence Against Women Act

Yesterday, Congress reauthorized the 1994 Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), including new provisions to protect gays and lesbians, immigrants, and Native Americans. On February 28, 2013, the House adopted the bill passed by the Senate in early February. It now goes to the President for signature.

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How will the sequester impact the LGBT community?

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?

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CREW Files Brief in Supreme Court

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.

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A Letter from the Executive Director

This year SAVE Dade is celebrating its 20 year anniversary and there has never been a more exciting time to support your local LGBT advocacy organization. For 20 years we have been your voice for equality in City Halls and ballot boxes across the county.

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Hello from Tallahassee!

Follow below the fold for a special message from Florida's first openly gay state legislator, Representative David Richardson

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SAVE Dade Has A New Chair!

An important message from outgoing Chairman of the Board Joe Falk:

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