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Equality Florida Twitterbombs Senator Bill Nelson asking for evolution on marriage equality

04/02/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tuesday Mark Kirk of Illinois became the latest Republican U.S. Senator to come out in support of same-sex marriage; but Florida Democrat Bill Nelson is holding firmly to his opposition of gay marriage.

This afternoon, activists led by the LGBT equality group Equality Florida, used online activism to try to get Senator Nelson to change his mind.

In what they’re calling a “Twitterbomb” they encouraged supporters to tweet to Senator Nelson’s handle @SenBillNelson asking him to evolve on m...

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LGBT anti-bullying group aims to set up support networks in schools listen

03/29/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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According to the CDC, more than 4,000 kids commit suicide each year and some of them do it as a result of bullying. A national anti-bullying group threw a fancy fundraiser last night in Tampa to raise money for outreach programs in schools.

At the swank Aqua lounge in the Westin hotel on the Courtney Campbell Causeway, members of the group GLSEN – Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network – sold raffle tickets for prizes for everything from signed hockey sticks to baskets full of booze. G...

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Should the U.S. Supreme Court overturn the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act?

03/29/13 Janelle Irwin
Last Call Friday
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This week, justices heard oral arguments in the case seeking to over turn the Defense of Marriage Act. It is expected that the U.S. Supreme Court will narrowly overturn the 1996 law when a decision is made. That is expected to come in several months.

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Activists in Tampa hold vigil for lesbian, gay, transgender rights listen

03/27/13 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Some 200 advocates of marriage equality endured chilly temperatures Tuesday evening in downtown Tampa. They huddled together in front of the Sam Gibbons US Courthouse to listen to speakers and participate in what they called the Light the Way to Justice in Tampa Bay Vigil.

The Tampa Bay vigil was held in solidarity with numerous other communities around the US to coincide with the US Supreme Court hearings on two historic rights cases. Juan Sousa-Rodriguez, ...

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Tampa activists will hold vigil to support marriage equality listen

03/26/13 Lauren Misa
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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As the Supreme Court hears a challenge to the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act and California's Prop 8 this week, community activists are planning a vigil in support of LGBT equality Tuesday evening in Tampa. Jarrod Scarbrough heads the group Get Equal Florida.

"There's actually going to be a vigil that we're going to hold in downtown Tampa. It is a way for the local LGBT community and our allies and friends to come together and ...

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US Supreme Court hears arguments on CA Prop 8: audio and transcript listen

03/26/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in a challenge to California's ban on gay marriage.

California voters approved Prop 8 as a constitutional amendment in 2008 but it was struck down by a federal appeals court.

California couples, Kris Perry and Sandy Stier of Berkeley and Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo of Burbank, filed a federal lawsuit in May 2009 to overturn the same-sex marriage ban that voters approved the previous November. The ballot measure halted s...

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Domestic partnership registry rejected by Hillsborough Commission; provide info packet of "Important Life Decisions" instead listen

03/20/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Hillsborough County Commission approved a packet of legal documents put together by Al Higginbotham in lieu of a domestic partnership registry that was struck down last month. Higginbotham said the intent was to provide all people - not just people in relationships - easy and affordable access to rights which are already guaranteed by state statutes.

"You could put these into a single booklet, if you will. Available in libraries, law libraries, county libraries, maybe on the website...

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Florida Senate committee puts domestic partner registry bill on hold listen

02/19/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A bill to extend some rights to domestic partners was put on hold Tuesday in the Florida Senate Children and Families Committee.

During public comment, St. Petersburg City Council member Steve Kornell asked senators to support it.

Some of the Republicans who oppose the domestic partnership registry bill said they support expanding rights, but this bill goes too far and is too similar to marriage.

The bill’s sponsor Senator Elanor Sobel, a Democrat from Hollywood, said she would brin...

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Boy Scouts delay decision on lifting ban on gay scouts; Florida conservative pleased listen

02/06/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Today, the Boy Scouts of America's national executive board delayed a decision on whether to lift its longstanding ban on gay scouts and leaders.

Instead, the organization will take action at its national meeting in May.

LGBT activists want the board to allow openly gay scouts and leaders to participate. The effort is supported by President Barack Obama.

But conservative groups are pushing for the organization to uphold its longstanding ban. John Stemberger is president of the [F...

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Unwed couples can soon register as domestic partners in all of Pinellas County listen

01/15/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Unmarried couples in Pinellas County will soon be able to register as domestic partners to get a handful of benefits afforded to married people. After months of talks, commissioners voted 6 to 1 Tuesday to approve a registry that will also recognize people who registered in other municipalities.

Once registered, unmarried couples would be able to make healthcare and funeral choices for their partner, take part in the education of the other’s children, visit each other in the emergency room...

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