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Conservatives, liberals to discuss gay marriage Tuesday at Temple Israel

News release:

MIAMI – The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida’s Greater Miami Chapter and Temple Israel are proud to present a timely and informative discussion on the proposed amendment to Florida’s Constitution banning Gay Marriage on Tuesday, September 18 at 7:00PM. The forum will be held at Temple Israel, 137 NE 19 Street, Miami and is free and open to public.

·         WHAT: Public Debate on Florida’s Gay Marriage Ban:
What’s the Real Story?

·         WHEN: Tuesday, September 18, 2007 at 7:00PM

·         WHERE: Temple Israel of Greater Miami
137 NE 19 Street, Miami, 33132 (West of Biscayne Blvd.)

·         WHO: Nadine Smith, Executive Director, Equality Florida;
Karen Doering, Senior Counsel, National Center for Lesbian Rights;
Rev. Nathaniel Wilcox, Associate Minister, Apostolic Revival Center;
Jack Thompson, Attorney,

·         MODERATOR: Jim DeFede, Jim Defede Show, WINZ AM-940

Since the first marriage lawsuit for same-sex couples in 1972, the ACLU has been at the forefront of both legal and public education efforts win legal recognition for LGBT relationships.

The proposed amendment to the Florida Constitution would undermine domestic partnership, adoption, foster care and kinship care laws and could deny unmarried couples, regardless of sexual orientation, legal protections for their relationships by overriding other protections and laws. Similar situations have happened around the country, most recently in Michigan.

Same-sex couples are harmed when their relationships are not protected. All couples should be able to access the benefits and responsibilities of legally-recognized relationships, such as health insurance, unemployment compensation, immigration status, family leave, inheritance, hospital visitation and much more.

For more information on LGBT rights, visit www.aclufl.org or www.10couples.org.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida is freedom's watchdog, working daily in the courts, legislatures and communities to defend individual rights and personal freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. For additional information, visit our Web site at: www.aclufl.org.


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