Nadine Smith

Dear Mr. President

Filed By Nadine Smith | June 25, 2010 3:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Equality Florida, letter, president

Tuesday night Equality Florida's deputy director, Stratton Pollitzer, and gill_boys_whitehouse.jpgI attended the President's reception at the White House in honor of Pride Month.

During his address President Barack Obama reinforced his commitment to ending DOMA and DADT and passing a fully-inclusive ENDA.

After his address, I approached the President and handed him a letter on behalf the 131,000 Equality Florida supporters and all fair-minded Americans calling upon him to take action against Florida's shameful adoption ban.

Read my letter after the jump.

Martin Gill's sons at the 2010
White House Easter Egg Roll

Dear Mr. President,

Thank you for the invitation to join you for the White House LGBT Pride Reception.

On behalf of the 131,000 households that support the work of Equality Florida and all fair-minded Americans I ask you to please lend your voice to ending a law that literally tears families apart.

Every Wednesday for almost a year these two boys wonder if the court will decide to let them be adopted by their foster dad of over 5 years or whether they will be torn from their home and likely separated.

Florida is the only state with a statute that specifically bans gay people from adopting but already anti-gay groups are preparing to launch a ballot measure to make this devastating discrimination part of the state constitution. We must end this now in Florida or we will see it on the ballot state after state.


Nadine Smith
Executive Director
Equality Florida

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Thanks for fighting for us, Nadine. I appreciate you.

Great job handing him that letter. There's no time to stop and celebrate right now.

Nadine Smith Nadine Smith | June 27, 2010 9:01 PM

Thanks for the kind words and, Alex, thanks for posting the video of the President receiving the letter. White House staff have already begun following up on the note. I'll keep everyone posted.
Happy Pride Month.