Miami-Dade court case ALSO comes out striking down the ban on marriage equality in Florida! That’s 2 for 2. Immediate stay on the ruling though as we go to District 3 court for a statewide fight!
While The Center is going through many changes; the one thing that remains a constant is our passion for Equality. We all work hard to bring the best possible services to the community, and at The Center we are a cog in the greater machine. We are rebuilding many bridges and committing ourselves to build the best community for Orlando, it is not always easy but never has our fight been easy. We take the challenges thrown at us and we come out fighting.
The state, nation and the world is ready for change and we are right there working with our partners here to make it happen. The USA is seen as a world leader in many areas but marriage Equality has been lacking! However, we know that with our determination and hard work we can and are making this change. We do not have a choice; we live it every day and work hard to make ourselves heard. This is not just about a court case it is about advancing equality and society for the future! A future where everyone can feel and BE equal! Let us all celebrate and keep working for change!
Our country was founded on certain core values, chief among them equality and religious freedom. Therefore, I am glad the question of Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage is before the courts to determine if it denies same-sex couples equal rights and protections under the law. Although, as mayor, I have no jurisdiction on this issue, I have read the Miami-Dade lawsuit and believe that a very strong case was made.Regardless of the decision of the court, I hope that religious institutions will continue to have the freedom to define marriage according to their own doctrines. Protecting the right to practice one’s religion without interference from government is an equally important cornerstone of our free nation.
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The Board of Directors of The Center is pleased to announce the hiring of Russell Walker as the Center’s Assistant Executive Director. In addition to his role as Assistant ED, Russell will be acting as Interim ED, until an Executive Director is hired.
Russell comes to the position with a great passion for The Center having served on the Board of Directors for over 2 years. While on the Board, Russell served as Vice President as well as the Chair of the Events Committee.
Russell was born and raised just outside Glasgow, Scotland and is a graduate of The University of Stirling (BA in Politics) and a postgraduate of The University of Strathclyde (Post-Grad in Secondary Education). After graduation, Russell taught in numerous high schools throughout central Scotland. After moving to Orlando, he worked in entertainment and event coordination for Gay Days, before settling in to a finance position for a property management company.
Russell is a very active member of the GLBT Community in Orlando, and has built strong ties and personal relationships with other members of the community, including the MBA, Hope and Help and Zebra Coalition. This desire and passion to help in the community is one of Russell’s strongest attributes and he is committed to creating new relationships with The Center.
We look forward to seeing the changes that this new leadership brings to not only The Center, but the community at large.