Rainbow Family & Friends is a non-profit LGBT social and charitable organization located in The Villages, Florida. Our goal is to provide activities, support, and charity to the community and all those interested in support, respect and a commitment to human rights equality for all. Please join us at our next meeting or one of our family events.
The Power of Love in Action!
Members of the Rainbow Family & Friends Club presented a check for $2200 to Bob Bostic of Deliver The Difference for their Thanksgiving Food Program for families & children of the Tri-County area.
Apple CEO Tim Cook comes out
Apple CEO Tim Cook came out as gay in an op-ed published in Bloomberg Businessweek on Thursday. Cook wrote that he has been open with those close to him, but felt compelled to come out more publicly in order to help those who may be struggling to come to terms with their sexual identity. "America is moving toward marriage equality, and the public figures who have bravely come out have helped change perceptions and made our culture more tolerant," Cook wrote.Bloomberg Businessweek (10/30), BBC (10/30), USA Today (10/30)
6 states to gain federal marriage recognition, Holder says
Attorney General Eric Holder on Saturday announced that the federal government will recognize same-sex marriages in six states where bans on marriage equality were recently struck down. Same-sex couples in Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming will now be extended federal benefits. The Idaho Statesman (Boise)/The Associated Press (10/25), The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (10/25), Advocate.com(10/25), National Public Radio/The Two-Way blog (10/25)
Obama: U.S. Constitution supports marriage equality
President Barack Obama recently told The New Yorker that he believes same-sex couples have a right to marry under the U.S. Constitution, a change from previous statements asserting that the issue should be left to the states. "Ultimately, I think the Equal Protection Clause does guarantee same-sex marriage in all fifty states," Obama said.The New Yorker (free content) (10/27), The Huffington Post (10/20), Towleroad (10/20)
Judge affirms marriage equality in Wyoming
A federal judge on Friday ruled that state officials in Wyoming cannot block same-sex marriages after the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers Wyoming, ruled in favor of marriage equality. Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead announced later the same day that the state would not appeal. Metro Weekly (Washington, D.C.) (10/17), Washington Blade (Washington, D.C.)/The Associated Press (10/17), BuzzFeed (10/17)
Supreme Court declines to issue stay of Alaska marriage ruling
The Supreme Court on Friday declined to issue a stay on a court ruling striking down Alaska's marriage equality ban. State officials had submitted a request for the stay to Justice Anthony Kennedy, who referred to request the entire court. A stay put in place by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals expired at 3 p.m. Friday, allowing same-sex couples in the state to wed immediately. SCOTUSblog (10/17), Washington Blade (Washington, D.C.) (10/17), BuzzFeed (10/16)
Current Map, Court Cases, Legislation & Polling: Marriage Equality USA tracks all the current court cases, polls, and bills and initiatives on marriage equality across the USA. Link
Post DOMA Resources: Now that Section 3 of DOMA has been struck down by the US Supreme Court, MEUSA has pulled together a section of resources for same sex couples in a post-DOMA world. Link