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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 br...

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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 ro...

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Tampa rates high on LGBT equality municipal study listen

12/26/12 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A report by the Human Rights Campaign released last month evaluated equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people nationwide. Out of the many cities rated, the Municipal Equality Index scored 11 cities in Florida based on specific criteria and Tampa was the third highest rated Florida city.

The Municipal Equality Index rated 137 municipalities on LGBT equality. Paul Guequierre, Deputy Press Secretary for the Human Rights Campaign says they evaluated municipal law and policy a...

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In Seminole Obama says voters have a choice to make listen

09/10/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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At an impassioned grassroots speaking event, President Barack Obama told voters they have an obvious choice to make. Speaking to a crowd of thousands at the St. Pete College Seminole campus on Saturday, the president wooed the crowd with a combination of wit and optimism.

Hot on the heels of his Democratic nomination acceptance speech in Charlotte, Obama reiterated some of his priorities in office. In sync with the day’s venue, Obama criticized Republicans for wanting to “gut” educ...

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Tampa could extend benefits to domestic partners registered beyond city borders listen

09/06/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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At their regular meeting Thursday morning, Tampa city council members said they want to allow people from other cities who are registered as domestic partners to be able to use those benefits in Tampa too.

City council passed a domestic partnership registry in April, but right now it only affects Tampa residents. That’s likely to change on September 27 when Tampa City Council is expected to approve a change to the ordinance that would recognize a registered domestic partnership regardle...

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Republican convention protesters say they won't be scared off by tropical storm listen

08/22/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Some forecast models predict Tropical Storm Isaac could affect Tampa during the Republican National Convention. Most of the secure area cordoned off for the event is in the first evacuation zone. Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn told CNN this morning that the city has been preparing for hurricane contingencies and will evacuate the area if needed.

“Absolutely we’re prepared to call it off. I mean, human safety and human life trumps politics….the only difference will be that there’s a f...

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Debbie Terry talks about Sarasota's upcoming Fabulous Independent Film Festival

08/16/12 Debbie Terry/Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Debbie Terry talked about Sarasota's LGBT themed Fabulous Independent Film Festival coming to Burns Court Cinema on August 18 & 19. The festival, which includes 12 films and 3 parties, is a Broken Rules Production in association with and benefiting the Harvey Milk Festival, a Sarasota non-profit.

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Couples take the plunge as St. Pete opens its domestic partnership registry listen

08/01/12 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Today St. Pete residents were able to register as domestic partners for the first time. A narrow foyer in City Hall was teeming with excited couples this morning. The domestic partnership registry provides unmarried couples some of the same legal rights as married couples.

People who sign up for the registry only get a fraction of rights of married couples, including the right to be notified if a partner has a medical emergency. Although the new partnership registry is open to same-sex a...

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Equality Florida executive director Nadine Smith answers calls about LGBTQ issues

07/25/12 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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Wednesday on Last Call we discussed human rights issues in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community. Joining me in the studio was Equality Florida executive director Nadine Smith.

We began with news about Florida Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll. A former aide is accusing her of being caught in a compromising position with another female aide. Last week Smith wrote a strongly-worded column about something Carroll recently told a local [television ...

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