Lambda Legal today announced it has filed papers with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida asking the court for a swift end to the harm and indignity that Florida same-sex spouses, like gay widowers Hal Birchfield and Paul Mocko, face when denied accurate death certificates that acknowledge they were married and recognize them as surviving spouses.
"The facts are indisputable: Deepika Avanti refused to rent to Tonya and Rachel Smith because they are a same-sex couple and Rachel is transgender. Discrimination based on what the neighbors might say is not just wrong, it is unlawful."
As we try to absorb and work though our grief from the mass shooting in Orlando, one community that is so central to this story has, at times, gone unacknowledged: LGBT Latinas/os, and LGBT Puerto Ricans, in particular.
This national tragedy happened against the backdrop of anti-LGBTQ legislation sweeping this country and we must not forget that in this time of grief. Unity and organized response in the face of hatred is what we owe the fallen and the grieving.