Thursday, February 20, 2014

Florida Gay Marriage Event


Equality Florida Institute will be hosting a Tele-Town Hall on Monday, February 24th at 6:30P to discuss the next steps for marriage equality in Florida. Last month, six gay & lesbian couples & the Equality Florida Institute filed a lawsuit in Florida state court in Miami seeking the freedom to marry. The lawsuit argues that Florida’s laws barring gay & lesbian couples from marriage violate the United States Constitution by denying them the legal protections & equal dignity that having the freedom to marry provides. The event will be moderated by Equality Florida’s Chief Executive Officer Nadine Smith & will feature a panel of state & national legal experts including Shannon Minter, Legal Director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights; Elizabeth Schwartz, Miami-based LGBT Family & Estate Planning Lawyer & two of the six couples who are joining Equality Florida Institute as plaintiffs in this case. Equality Florida’s Nadine Smith stated, "Today the majority of Floridians stand with us as we take this historic step toward securing marriage equality in the Sunshine State. These couples have been embraced by their families & communities but every day, Florida laws are denying them the protections & dignity that every family deserves. These harmful laws are outdated & out of step. It is time for all families in our state to have full equality under the law." Participants will also have a chance to ask questions.
For More Info: eqfl.org
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