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Opportunities for Florida Same-Sex Couples

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Since the June 2015 Supreme Court ruling in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges same-sex couples across the United States can now enjoy various legal protections. The ruling mandated that every couple has a fundamental right to marry. With this recognition of same-sex marriage comes access to many rights protecting your assets and family…. Read More »

A Look at Florida’s LGBT Protections

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

After the shooting at the nightclub in Orlando in June, some LGBT citizens (rightfully so) questioned whether the legal culture in the state of Florida perhaps implied that affording LGBT individuals fewer rights than others was an acceptable practice. For example, Florida still does not provide the LGBT community with protection from discrimination in… Read More »

For Many Same-Sex Couples, Adoption Is Still More Difficult

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Many same-sex couples have been hoping to adopt children for years, and recent decisions about the legality of same-sex marriage in the United States have left some hopeful. However, reports of adoption being especially difficult for same-sex couples have been circulating, indicating that discrimination in the field of adoption is, unfortunately, still alive and… Read More »

New Study Highlights Similarities in Child Outcomes between Same-Sex and Different-Sex Parents

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

A new study just released dispels the age-old myth that same-sex couples cannot be good parents by using scientifically-sound principles to break apart some discriminatory theories. Specifically, researchers from top institutions found absolutely no differences with same-sex couples when it came to partner relationships, a child’s emotional and overall health, or parent-child relationships, in… Read More »

Barriers to Same-Sex Marriage in Florida Continue

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

In spite of the important decision made by the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide, the legal battle between Florida’s Attorney General Pam Bondi and same-sex couples continues to drag on. Specifically, the state has not done anything to remove Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage from the law since it… Read More »

Planning For “Nontraditional” Families

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Many people would be surprised at just how many children are living in a “traditional” family setting (“traditional” referring to two married heterosexual parents their first marriage)—in fact changing what we think of as “traditional.” According to the Pew Research Center, less than half of U.S. kids today live in a traditional family, household… Read More »

U.S. Supreme Court Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage Nationwide

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

This month, the Supreme Court made a strong ruling in favor of the right to marry. After initially declaring section three of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) to be unconstitutional two years ago, the Court has now weighed in on the issue of whether the Fourteenth Amendment guarantees equal protection of the laws… Read More »

Florida Lesbian Couple Granted Divorce Over State Attorney General’s Protest

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

On May 29th, the 2nd District Court of Appeals ruled to reverse an order by a Hillsborough Circuit judge who declined to grant a divorce to Keiba Lynn and Mariama Changamire Shaw, in spite of a request from Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi for the appellate courts to wait for a Supreme Court ruling… Read More »

U.S. Supreme Court Once Again Visits Same-Sex Marriage Rights

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was (in part) declared unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court almost two years ago, allowing same-sex couples who are married in their own states to receive the same federal protections that other couples receive. So why does it appear that the Supreme Court is once again taking up… Read More »

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