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Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus

Love is Love: It’s Time Rick Scott and Pam Bondi Stop Standing in the Way of Equality

Today, FDP Political Director Christian Ulvert, State Representative Joe Saunders, and Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus President Sally Phillips held a conference call in response to the overturning of Florida’s marriage equality ban, and called on Rick Scott to end his defense of this bigoted law.

“Although the judge’s ruling clearly outlined exactly why Florida’s marriage equality ban is unconstitutional, Rick Scott and Pam Bondi are still trying to stand in the way of equality,” said FDP Political Director Christian Ulvert. “It is well past time the Scott administration end their bigoted crusade against loving couples like me and my husband Carlos. Why can’t Rick Scott understand what the majority of Floridians already know – love is love.”

“For too long, Rick Scott has deflected, bobbed, and weaved on the civil rights issue of our time, and Floridians have a right to know where he stands,” said Representative Joe Saunders. “We want to know if Rick Scott is going to stand on the right side of history or play the same politics as usual by refusing to even take a position. So far Scott has shown absolutely no leadership on this issue, and Florida deserves better.”

“While this ruling is a tremendous step forward for marriage equality in our state, the fight is not yet over,” said Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus President Sally Phillips. “Rick Scott and Pam Bondi must end their taxpayer-funded defense of this discriminatory law. The majority of Floridians support equality and it’s time our leaders in Tallahassee did the same.”

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ENDA Tele Town Hall with Congressman Cicilline

The Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus and U.S. Representative David Cicilline invite you to participate in a statewide conference call to discuss the status of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). Sign on to learn more about how a recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court has impacted the legislation and why a growing number of LGBT groups have withdrawn their support.

U.S. Representative Cicilline is a member of the House Committee on The Judiciary as well as the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus. In order to support the free flow of information on this call, invitations are being limited to members of the Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus and its local chapters.

Registration for this event is now closed.

Bondi Continues Bigoted Stand Against Marriage Equality

Today, the Florida Democratic GLBT Caucus and the Florida Democratic Party released the following statement on Attorney General Pam Bondi’s continued defense of Florida’s gay marriage ban:

“Today, six loving couples stood in an Miami courtroom seeking justice and equality. Instead, they were subjected to the Scott administration’s bigoted defense of Florida’s ban on marriage equality. Floridians deserve better than Bondi and her allies’ discriminatory, divisive, and false logic. This kind of hateful bullying isn’t allowed in our classrooms and it should have no place in our courtrooms,” said Sally Phillips, President of the GLBT Caucus.

“This is the first step in the legal struggle to bring marriage equality for Florida. The brave couples who have stood up to the hateful rhetoric coming from Rick Scott and Pam Bondi deserve our admiration and respect. On the fiftieth anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, Floridians saw Rick Scott and Pam Bondi fighting for discrimination, plain and simple. Floridians deserve better,” said Florida Democratic Party Chair Allison Tant.

2014 Summer Membership Meeting and Conference

Register Now for Summer Membership Meeting and Conference

The Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus is pleased to announce plans for our upcoming Summer Membership Meeting and Conference, held July 18 – 20, 2014, in Melbourne, Florida!  The membership meeting will include general Caucus business as well as discussion and voting on proposed bylaws amendments.  As always, there is no cost to attend the membership meeting.

Additionally, the Caucus will host an informative conference designed to educate members and strengthen local chapters.  The tentative conference agenda is listed below, subject to change:

Friday, July 18th

  • 6 to 8pm: Evening Reception

Saturday, July 19th

  • 8 to 9am: Continental Breakfast and Registration
  • 9 to 9:45am: Financial Planning for GLBT Couples – Presenter: Alan Jotkoff
  • 9 to 9:45am: VAN Training – Presenter: Denise Gore
  • 10 to 10:45am: Voter Registration Training – Presenter: Denise Gore
  • 10 to 10:45am: Chapter Development – Presenter: Andy Janecek
  • 11 to 11:45am: General Session – Medical Marijuana (Amendment 2) – Presenter: Jodi James
  • 12 to 1pm: Lunch (Speakers Perry Thurston and David Cox)
  • 1 to 4pm: Membership Meeting
  • 2pm: Coffee Break
  • 7pm: Soiree at Cold Keg

Sunday, July 20th

  • 8am: Breakfast
  • 9 to 9:45am: Environmental Activism – Beth McMillen – Marine Resource Council
  • 9:45 to 11:45am: Transgender Issues – Presenter: Gina Duncan
  • 12pm: Speaker Nan Rich
  • 1pm: Adjournment

The conference registration fee of $50 includes a Friday night welcome reception with cash bar hosted by the Brevard County Democratic Executive Committee, a continental breakfast on Saturday morning sponsored by Jotkoff & Associates, a Saturday night soiree at the Cold Keg in Melbourne, and a Sunday breakfast buffet!

The host hotel, Holiday Inn Melbourne – Viera Conference Center, has established a discounted room rate of $79 per night for this event.  Reservations can be made online by clicking this link before Wednesday, July 9th.

Members attending the membership meeting, conference, or both, are encouraged to register in advance.  There is no fee to attend the membership meeting.

Conference registration is now closed.

July 18 – 20, 2014
Location: Holiday Inn Melbourne – Viera Conference Center
8298 North Wickham Boulevard
Melbourne, FL 32940

Join us as we prepare for victory in November, 2014!

Leadership Blue Gala 2014

Updated: Be a Voice for Equality at the Leadership Blue Gala

The Florida Democratic Party will be hosting their inaugural Leadership Blue Weekend, formerly known as the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, Florida, on June 27 – 29, 2014!  This annual event is an opportunity to come together as Democrats, celebrate our successes and to get ready for the critical 2014 election!

The Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus has reserved tables at the Leadership Blue Gala Dinner on Saturday, June 28th.  A limited number of tickets are available to Caucus members at a rate of $175.  Tickets are limited and are available to members on a first-come, first-served basis.

SORRY! Our table tickets have sold out. Online ticket sales through the Florida Democratic Party will begin at 12pm on June 9th. Visit the Florida Democratic Party’s website to purchase tickets or for more information about Leadership Blue Weekend.

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Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus Condemns Homophobic Remarks by Attorney General Pam Bondi

This morning, Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus President Sally Phillips released the following statement in response to recent remarks made by Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi:

“The Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus condemns the homophobic comments made this week by Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. Her claim that disrupting existing marriage laws “would cause significant harm” is relying on debunked arguments and cites outdated information on Floridians’ views on marriage equality in an attempt to have a federal judge throw out a lawsuit brought by eight legally married couples.

A bipartisan majority of Floridians now support marriage equality. Pam Bondi has it backwards – the only “significant harm” being done here is to the hundreds of thousands of Floridians who are having their civil rights denied by the Scott administration. Even worse, Florida taxpayers are footing the bill for Bondi’s rigid ideological crusade.

Federal courts from Virginia to Oklahoma to Utah have ruled that bans on marriage equality violate the equal protection clause of the United States Constitution. Florida’s ban on marriage equality will have its day in court on July 2nd, and we eagerly anticipate Florida joining the growing list of states across the nation that are embracing equality.

The Caucus will be attending Pride Celebrations and other public events across the state this election year. We look forward to making sure that our supporters – Democrats and Republicans – know about Bondi’s stance on this critical issue involving our lives and families. When they go to the polls in November, the people of Florida will be ready to replace her with a Democratic Attorney General who will respect all of our families.”

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TAKE ACTION: Help elect openly gay candidate David Cox to US Congress!

Friends,

Since launching my campaign for United States Congress over a year ago, I have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and encouragement from friends and neighbors throughout Florida’s 6th District and beyond. In the past year, I have traveled throughout the state of Florida listening to the concerns of Florida’s residents, which are shared throughout our community, and country. As an openly gay candidate, I understand the unique needs of our community, and the importance of having a seat at the table. But I cannot do this alone; I want to use my voice, to make yours heard.

My campaign is dedicated to ensuring that everyone has an equal shot at the American Dream; the same dream that you envision for yourself, your children, and your grandchildren.

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Special Membership Meeting

Register Now for the May, 2014, Special Membership Meeting

The Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus will hold a Special Membership Meeting to conduct the necessary business of the Caucus on Sunday, May 18, 2014, from noon to 4:00pm at the GLBT Community Center of Volusia County. Included as part of the Special Membership Meeting will be our usual Caucus business, an update from the Campaign Committee, and voting on proposed bylaws changes.

There is no fee to register. Refreshments will be available, but lunch will not be provided.

Click here to register online.

Sunday, May 18, 2014, 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: GLBT Community Center of Volusia County
519 Julia Street, New Smyrna, Florida, 32168

Join us as we prepare for victory in November, 2014!

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Action Alert: VOTE NOW for St. Pete Pride Grand Marshals!

The St. Pete Pride Festival, which is the largest Pride Celebration in Florida, will be held the weekend of June 28-29. We are proud to ask all members of the Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus to take a moment right now to vote for our Pinellas County Chapter, the Stonewall Democrats for Organizational Marshal AND for St. Petersburg City Council Member Darden Rice for Female Grand Marshal.

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#GetCovered

ARE YOU ENROLLED? Health insurance enrollment deadline is March 31st!

DID YOU KNOW…

One in three lower-income lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) adults in the United States are living without health insurance? That’s why it’s more important than ever to learn about your new, affordable health coverage options available in the Health Insurance Marketplace and get covered before the March 31 enrollment deadline.

Take Action

Every plan available in the Health Insurance Marketplace will have to cover important benefits like doctor visits, hospitalizations, prescriptions, preventive care, and more. Under the Affordable Care Act, no one can be treated differently in the Marketplace because of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression and you cannot be denied coverage or charged more for having HIV, cancer or any other pre-existing condition. You’ll have the same access to health insurance plans as everybody else. Read more »

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