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LGBT Scholarship Fundraiser held at USF listen

12/09/08 Lisa Marzilli
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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As the cost of college education continues to soar, lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgendered youth are particularly vulnerable. As a result, more organizations are establishing scholarship programs aimed specifically at helping LGBT students.

One of those groups is the University of South Florida Alumni Association’s LGBT Society. It held its first fundraising event at USF’s Marshall Center on Friday night (Dec. 5th).

Dr. Karen Berkman is director of the USF Center for Autism and R...

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Amendment 2 critics to protest Crist nuptials listen

12/08/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Florida Gov. Charlie Crist will no longer be a bachelor after Friday night.

Crist is marrying girlfriend Carole Rome at the First United Methodist Church in St. Petersburg. The reception will follow at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort.

According to the Palm Beach Post, Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, and Mel Martinez, R-South Florida, are among those on the guest list.

Some uninvited guests also will be making their voices heard. Those would be protestors, unhappy about the governor’s s...

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Gay rights advocates protest passage of Amendment 2 listen

11/11/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Last week, Floridians approved a measure that will ban same-sex marriage in Florida.

Today an activist group calling itself JusticeFirst Florida held a news conference in Broward County. They say the amendment’s passage will not silence them or their support for same-sex marriage.

John Peter Daily is a coordinator with the Justice First coalition.

Charles Martin is with the National Black Gay Men’s Advocacy Coalition. He says he was not surprised that the measure passed as easily...

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Local reaction to passage of Amendment 2 listen

11/10/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Last week, more than 62 percent of Florida voters supported Amendment 2.

The amendment defined marriage as between one man and one woman and also outlawed recognition of any partnership that is the substantial equivalent of marriage.

Today, WMNF spoke with supporters and opponents of Amendment 2 to get their reaction to its inclusion in the state’s constitution and what it might mean for Florida.

Terry Kemple is president of the Community Issues Council and volunteered with effo...

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Clergy protests Amendment 2

10/27/08 Emily Reddy
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Voters in California, Arizona, and Florida will decide in eight days whether to add language to their state constitutions that would make same-sex marriage illegal. Here in Florida, opponents believe the language of the measure could pertain to heterosexual unions as well.

Some religious groups have supported these constitutional amendments, but in Tampa a group of clergy led a rally Sunday in opposition to Florida’s Amendment 2.

A heavily same-sex crowd of about 500 gathered in...

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A look at Amendment 2

10/25/08 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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We discussed the various ramifications of the proposed Amendment 2 on the upscoming November ballot with Nadine Smith, executive director of Equality Florida.

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Pinellas won't alter human rights protections listen

06/03/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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This morning in Clearwater, the Pinellas Board of County Commissioners declined to move forward with adding protections based on gender expression or identity to its Human Rights Ordinance. The proposed changes would have protected transgender individuals from discrimination in housing, public accommodations, and employment.

The commission voted 3-3 to advertise for a public hearing on the changes, but the proposal failed because it did not have a majority.

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Michigan rules on same-sex partner benefits listen

05/08/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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In addition to voting for president in November, Floridians will decide whether a ban on same-sex marriage should be enshrined in the state’s constitution. Supporters of Amendment 2 say it only forbids same-sex marriage and does not affect health insurance or other benefits afforded to domestic partnerships. But the Michigan Supreme Court decided yesterday that their amendment prohibits governments from offering benefits to same-sex couples.

Florida Red and Blue, is a group that opposes ...

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Amendment 2 supporters rally in Tampa listen

04/17/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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This afternoon a group supporting the amendment that would define marriage as the union between one man and one woman in Florida’s Constitution held a press conference to announce their new name, strategy and website. It was one of several similar coordinated events around the state to promote Amendment 2, which will be on this November’s ballot.

Terry Kemple, president and founder of the Community Issues Council, announced the new slogan and website for the campaign to enshrine a ban...

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Gay couples demand freedom to marry listen

02/14/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Today, on Valentine's Day, a group of same-sex couples in long-term committed relationships attempted to file for marriage licenses at the Hillsborough County Clerk’s office.

Instead, they held a religious marriage ceremony across the street at Joe Chillura Park.

Florida law denies same-sex couples the freedom to marry. But everyone deserves a right to marriage, according to tje Rev. Phyllis Hunt, senior pastor of Metropolitan Community Church in Tampa.

This November, an amendment...

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