DOMA http://wlrn.org en Estate Planning For Florida LGBT Couples http://wlrn.org/post/estate-planning-florida-lgbt-couples <div style="font-family: 'Segoe UI', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: normal; margin: 0px;"></div><div style="font-family: 'Segoe UI', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: normal; margin: 0px;"><font face="Calibri,sans-serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><font face="Times New Roman,serif" size="4"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">06/30/14 - Monday's&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/TopicalCurrents"><b>Topical</b></a></span></font><a href="https://www.facebook.com/TopicalCurrents"><font face="Times New Roman,serif" size="4"><s Mon, 30 Jun 2014 17:00:00 +0000 Bonnie Berman & Paul Leary 34766 at http://wlrn.org Estate Planning For Florida LGBT Couples It's History Night! Stonewall, South Africa And MLK http://wlrn.org/post/its-history-night-stonewall-south-africa-and-mlk <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Thursday nights,&nbsp;WLRN&nbsp;looks back at the&nbsp;people, places and major events that have shaped South Florida, the United States and our modern world.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On January 16, Channel 17 presents three shows pegged to these headlines and current events --&nbsp;a string of historic legal and legislative&nbsp;successes by America's&nbsp;gay and lesbian community; last year's death of South African President Nelson Mandela and next week's Martin Luther King holiday:</span></p><p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 02:00:00 +0000 Daniel Hicks 26404 at http://wlrn.org It's History Night! Stonewall, South Africa And MLK Lawmakers Hold First Broward LGBT Town Hall http://wlrn.org/post/lawmakers-hold-first-broward-lgbt-town-hall <p>In conjunction with LGBT History Month, state legislators met Monday night to host what was billed as the state’s first town hall meeting specifically focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues.</p><p>It was standing room only in Wilton Manors City Hall, where the room buzzed with enthusiasm fueled by this summer’s Supreme Court rulings striking down the Defense of Marriage Act and also allowing federal benefits for domestic partners.</p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 16:18:02 +0000 Rachel Morello 22841 at http://wlrn.org Lawmakers Hold First Broward LGBT Town Hall Getting Federal Benefits To Gay Couples: It's Complicated http://wlrn.org/post/getting-federal-benefits-gay-couples-its-complicated It has been four months since the U.S. Supreme Court <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/06/26/195956196/supreme-court-extends-gay-marriage-rights-with-two-rulings" target="_blank">struck down a law</a> that defined marriage as between a man and a woman. Tue, 22 Oct 2013 12:16:01 +0000 Carrie Johnson 22476 at http://wlrn.org Getting Federal Benefits To Gay Couples: It's Complicated Pentagon Details Plan To Extend Benefits To Same-Sex Spouses http://wlrn.org/post/pentagon-details-plan-extend-benefits-same-sex-spouses The Department of Defense announced Wednesday that it is extending full benefits to the same-sex spouses of service members and civilian employees.<p>The move is an effort to bring Pentagon policies in line with a Supreme Court decision that found the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/06/26/195857796/supreme-court-strikes-down-defense-of-marriage-act">Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional</a>.<p>"The Department of Defense remains committed to ensuring that all men and women who serve in the U.S. Wed, 14 Aug 2013 19:08:00 +0000 19039 at http://wlrn.org Pentagon Details Plan To Extend Benefits To Same-Sex Spouses After DOMA Ruling, Binational Gay Couples Face New Issues http://wlrn.org/post/after-doma-ruling-binational-gay-couples-face-new-issues Now that the Supreme Court <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/06/26/195881288/after-doma-whats-next-for-gay-married-couples">struck down a key section of the Defense of Marriage Act</a>, or DOMA, same-sex couples can apply for their foreign-born husbands, wives and fiancees to join them in the United States.<p>There are an estimated 28,000 gay and lesbian binational couples in the country, and for years many have been separated by immigration laws that didn't recognize their marriage.<p>Brian Mathers and his husband, Isidro, have been together for 13 years, but they've been livi Mon, 15 Jul 2013 21:55:24 +0000 Durrie Bouscaren 17463 at http://wlrn.org After DOMA Ruling, Binational Gay Couples Face New Issues Gay Couple's Green Card Victory Activates Florida's Same-Sex Marriage Supporters http://wlrn.org/post/gay-couples-green-card-victory-activates-floridas-same-sex-marriage-supporters <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Julian Marsh and Traian “Tray” Popov have two computers in the office of their Fort Lauderdale home. &nbsp;But when the couple shows off their wedding photos, they use the desktop with the bigger screen.</span></p><p>"I think we both said that was absolutely the most special moment EVER in our lives," says Marsh.</p><p>They’ve been married less than a year.&nbsp; And like many newlyweds, they admit they were so nervous during the ceremony that some of it is a blur.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Christine DiMattei 17095 at http://wlrn.org Gay Couple's Green Card Victory Activates Florida's Same-Sex Marriage Supporters Rep. Deutch On Climate Change, Food Stamps, Hunger And Immigration http://wlrn.org/post/rep-deutch-climate-change-food-stamps-hunger-and-immigration <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We're celebrating Independence Day&nbsp;this week by talking to some in South Florida's Congressional delegation.</span></p><p>Today it's Boca Raton-based Democrat Ted Deutch.</p><p>In the complete interview, I asked what the U.S. House of Representatives is doing about climate change and sea-level rise, what the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage of Act means for gay couples in Florida, and about his frustrations with the GOP over immigration reform.</p> Thu, 04 Jul 2013 15:03:08 +0000 Phil Latzman 16873 at http://wlrn.org Rep. Deutch On Climate Change, Food Stamps, Hunger And Immigration Miami's Ros-Lehtinen: 'I Have Evolved As The Nation Has Evolved' http://wlrn.org/post/miamis-ros-lehtinen-i-have-evolved-nation-has-evolved <p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">South Florida's longest serving </span>Congressperson<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;"> says she's changed with the times.</span></p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 20:26:10 +0000 Phil Latzman 16819 at http://wlrn.org Miami's Ros-Lehtinen: 'I Have Evolved As The Nation Has Evolved' Binational Gay Couple In Fort Lauderdale Becomes First To Receive U.S. Green Card http://wlrn.org/post/binational-gay-couple-fort-lauderdale-becomes-first-receive-us-green-card <p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; line-height: 19px; color: rgb(26, 39, 50); font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Two Fort Lauderdale men are the first wedded same-sex couple recognized by the United States for a green card, winning their immigration battle two days after the Supreme Court ordered the federal government to honor gay marriages.</p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 14:37:47 +0000 Steve Rothaus 16694 at http://wlrn.org Binational Gay Couple In Fort Lauderdale Becomes First To Receive U.S. Green Card How Will The GOP React To DOMA Ruling? http://wlrn.org/post/how-will-gop-react-doma-ruling Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.<p>This was a week of big Supreme Court decisions which will have long-lasting implications and are also certain to present plenty of opportunities for partisan politics.<p>NPR's national political correspondent Mara Liasson joins us now to talk it through.<p>Hello, Mara.<p>MARA LIASSON, BYLINE: Hello, Linda.<p>WERTHEIMER: Let's start with the Defense of Marriage Act, DOMA, the 1996 law the Supreme Court struck down in their last session. Mon, 01 Jul 2013 10:34:30 +0000 16687 at http://wlrn.org The Florida Blogup: Building Bridges, Everglades Art And DOMA Reactions http://wlrn.org/post/florida-blogup-building-bridges-everglades-art-and-doma-reactions <p></p><p><a href="http://www.artlurker.com/2013/06/airie-summer-salon/" style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>Everglades-Inspired Art</strong></a></p><p>If you just can’t get enough of Florida wildlife, or if you want to celebrate increased funding for Everglades clean-up, you might want to check out this event.</p><p>Hosted at a home on&nbsp;Matheson&nbsp;Avenue, the Summer Salon on Sunday, June 30, will feature Ana Mendez, Gustavo&nbsp;Matamoros and works of art from the Artists in Residence in&nbsp;Everglades&nbsp;(AIRIE) collection.</p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 16:13:50 +0000 Isabel Echarte 16543 at http://wlrn.org The Florida Blogup: Building Bridges, Everglades Art And DOMA Reactions Gay Hialeah Cop Captures Struggle For Equality Through Short Film http://wlrn.org/post/gay-hialeah-cop-captures-struggle-equality-through-short-film <p>Floridians in same-sex marriages &nbsp;and&nbsp;elsewhere hope to be indebted to Edith Windsor. She is the 84-year-old widow whose U.S. Supreme Court victory garnered equal federal rights for gay marriages this week.</p><p>Windsor nursed her ailing wife, Thea Spyer, until Spyer died of multiple sclerosis. Until recently gays and lesbians &nbsp;Florida often have not had the opportunity to provide loved ones that kind of care if family or hospital staff objected.</p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 17:14:18 +0000 Patricia Sagastume 16508 at http://wlrn.org Gay Hialeah Cop Captures Struggle For Equality Through Short Film Same-Sex-Marriage Fight Shifts Back To States http://wlrn.org/post/same-sex-marriage-fight-shifts-back-states The dual victories the Supreme Court <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/06/26/195857796/supreme-court-strikes-down-defense-of-marriage-act">handed</a> to gay-marriage supporters Wednesday seemed to temporarily shift the focus of the fight from Washington to the states.<p>For instance, one of the more notable reactions to the Supreme Court decisions overturning the Defense of Marriage Act and upholding a lower court ruling that blocked California's Proposition 8 from taking effect came from the American Civil Liberties Union.<p>The <a href="http://www.aclu.org/lgbt-rights/aclu-hi Thu, 27 Jun 2013 11:45:53 +0000 Frank James 16506 at http://wlrn.org Same-Sex-Marriage Fight Shifts Back To States Here Are Reactions From Across Florida To Wednesday's Ruling On Gay Marriage http://wlrn.org/post/here-are-reactions-across-florida-wednesdays-ruling-gay-marriage <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'Museo Sans', 'Helvetica Neue', sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 24px;">The Defense of Marriage Act has been declared unconstitutional by the&nbsp;Supreme Court of the United States on the basis of equal protection.</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'Museo Sans', 'Helvetica Neue', sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 24px;"><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'Museo Sans', 'Helvetica Neue', sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 24px;"><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'Museo S Wed, 26 Jun 2013 21:30:11 +0000 Daniel Rivero 16460 at http://wlrn.org Here Are Reactions From Across Florida To Wednesday's Ruling On Gay Marriage