Gay-Rights Advocates: ‘Times Are Changing’ for LGBT Issues in Fla. Legislature

By Jessica Palombo

Fri February 15, 2013

It’s been five years since Floridians voted to define marriage as one man and one woman in the state constitution. But this year, bills that would ban discriminating against gay people and allow them to enter into domestic partnerships are getting bipartisan support in the Legislature. Supporters of the bills say the Legislature seems to be changing its attitude toward equality.

Tuesday will be the first time a Florida legislative committee will consider allowing domestic partnerships for all couples, gay or straight.

Sen. Eleanor Sobel (D-Hollywood) has sponsored the domestic-partnership bill, S.B. 196, every year since 2008, but it’s never gotten heard in committee, until Sen. President Don Gaetz (R-Destin) assigned it this year.

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