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Boca Ciega student finds friends and family through his love for music listen

01/17/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday


A student at Boca Ciega High School lives a pretty normal life now, but it wasn’t always that way. Devon Rismay spent 10 years bouncing around foster and group homes before finally finding a mom; and a talent.

Devon Rismay loves to sing the Blues. It’s not surprising that the teenager picked a genre indicative of longing and sadness. Rismay was taken from his parents as a young boy in the Virgin Islands. He looked forward to be reunited with them, but that ...

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Activists promote bill to include gays in Florida's civil rights laws listen

03/09/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Next week in Tallahassee, gay rights group on rallying in support of four separate bills in the Legislature that would end the anti-gay adoption ban and add the words "sexual orientation and gender identity” to the state’s existing civil rights laws.

The two bills filed by Democratic Sen. Nan Rich would allow gays to adopt, the other would leave it to judges to determine where to place children when both parents are dead.

Another bill is sponsored by Delray Beach Sen. Ted Deutch. Hi...

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State to appeal ruling that clears way for gay adoption listen

11/25/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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For more than 30 years, Florida has been the only state in the country that bans gay couples from adopting children. But that ban may soon be a thing of the past.

This morning in Miami, a Miami-Dade Circuit Court judge struck down the long-standing ban.

Robert Rosenwald is director of the LGBT Advocacy Project at the ACLU of Florida, and one of the attorneys working for the plaintiff in the case, Martin Gill. Rosenwald said he’s convinced this law is going to fall.

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