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Task Force Action Fund applauds Miami-Dade County Commission’s approval of domestic partner ordinance

Date: 
May 20, 2008

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Inga Sarda-Sorensen, Deputy Communications Director
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WASHINGTON, May 20 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund applauds the Miami-Dade County Commission’s passage today of the Domestic Partners and Family Health Coverage Ordinance. The measure was approved by an 8-4 vote. Miami-Dade County joins nearly two dozen other local jurisdictions in Florida that offer domestic partner benefits.

This law, and others like it throughout the state, may be in jeopardy if Amendment 2, which will be on the November ballot, passes. The proposed amendment seeks to preclude the recognition of various family relationships, including same-sex marriage, civil unions, and possibly domestic partnerships for both opposite-sex and same-sex couples.

Statement by Rea Carey, Acting Executive Director
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund

“Congratulations to the people of Miami-Dade County, our local partner SAVE and the supportive commissioners who made this tremendous victory possible. Local governments continue to lead the way in Florida in securing the protections their communities need and deserve, even as opponents of LGBT equality continue their efforts to pass Amendment 2 this November.

“Let the hard work and unflinching progress of Miami-Dade County remind us all why it is so important that we are working together to defeat this mean-spirited amendment this November.”

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The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund, founded in 1974 as the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Inc., works to build the grassroots political power of the LGBT community to win complete equality. We do this through direct and grassroots lobbying to defeat anti-LGBT ballot initiatives and legislation and pass pro-LGBT legislation and other measures. We also analyze and report on the positions of candidates for public office on issues of importance to the LGBT community. The Task Force Action Fund is a 501(c)(4) non-profit corporation incorporated in New York. Contributions to the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund are not tax deductible.