Team Watermark: Why We’re Thankful 2014

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“I’m thankful for a silly dog, new opportunities and a supportive wife and family.” — Patrick O’Connor, Creative Assistant

“This year I am thankful to have my family so close during the holidays. I’m also thankful for Icy Hot as I am getting too old to play softball!” — Rick Claggett, Publisher

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Will this be the year for the Florida Competitive Workforce Act?

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Tallahassee – The Florida Competitive Workforce Act – Representative Holly Raschein (R- Key Largo) and Democratic Whip Senator Joseph Abruzzo (D- Boynton Beach) – has been filed in the Florida House and Senate. The bill aims to prohibit discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (LGBT) in employment, housing and public accommodations.

This is Raschien’s second year co-sponsoring the bill, which has been introduced in some form since 2007 but has died in committee each time. Last year, Raschein co-sponsored the bill with Rep. Joe Saunders (D-Orlando) in the House and Sen. Joe Abruzzo (D-Wellington) introduced it in the Senate. Despite support from nearly a dozen of Florida’s top employers including Walt Disney World, Darden, Wells Fargo and Florida Blue, the bill didn’t make it before the Florida House. It was approved by the Senate.

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Couple files lawsuit to keep licenses issued with married name

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Melbourne – A same-sex Central Florida couple filed a lawsuit in federal court Nov. 25 after receiving a letter earlier this month from the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles about their drivers’ licenses being cancelled because they legally changed their names with their out-of-state marriage licenses.

When Watermark reached out to the couple on the Nov. 25 deadline, Daniel said his license was cancelled but Scott changed his license back to its original form so that they “could survive as a household.

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Fla. health insurance officials reach deal with Coventry Healthcare on HIV/AIDS drug pricing

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Tallahassee – An agreement has been reached to ensure Florida residents living with HIV/AIDS, who are covered by Coventry Healthcare of Florida, have access to the needed medications. Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin M. McCarty reached a deal with the healthcare insurance provider on Nov. 20; Aetna Insurance is a parent company of the Coventry Healthcare provider.

On Nov. 10, Florida insurance officials and Cigna reached a similar agreement to change its prescription drug policy to ensure Floridians with HIV/AIDS have access to necessary medications.

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Arkansas, Mississippi same-sex marriage bans overturned

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Arkansas and Mississippi became the latest two states Tuesday to have their gay marriage bans overturned by federal judges, but there are no rushes to the altar as both orders are on hold so the states can consider appeals.

Like several states, Arkansas and Mississippi had voter-approved constitutional amendments pass in 2004 that defined marriage between one man and one woman.

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Federal judge strikes down Arkansas same-sex marriage ban

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge struck down Arkansas’ gay marriage ban on Nov. 25, which could pave the way for county clerks to resume issuing licenses.

U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker ruled in favor of two same-sex couples who had challenged a 2004 constitutional amendment and earlier state law defining marriage as between a man and a woman, arguing that the ban violated the U.S. Constitution and discriminated based on sexual orientation.

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22nd Annual Garrison/Reed Thanksgiving Food Drive

By : Mark Cady
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Volunteers gathered Nov. 24 at Joy Metropolitan Community Church in Orlando for the 22nd Annual Garrison/Reed Thanksgiving Food Drive. They packed food bags for 353 families from 8 Central Florida agencies.

Last year they filled 376 bags and in 2004, the drive had its biggest year ever with 1300 families fed.

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Shower selfies for a cause

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Jack Mackenroth, openly HIV-positive model and star of Project Runway has teamed up with gay social media app Moovz to raise money for HIV/AIDS organization Housing Works as we head towards World AIDS Day on December 1. The new campaign combats the “Are you clean?” stigma.

According to HousingWorks.org the instructions to participate are as follows:

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Country crooners come out

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Country stars Ty Herndon and Billy Gilman are out of the closet.

Herdon went first, in interviews with People Magazine and Entertainment Tonight. His revelation inspired Gilman to go public as well.

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US condemns Gambia’s anti-gay law

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DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The U.S. State Department on Nov. 24 condemned the decision by Gambia’s president to approve a law imposing life imprisonment for some gay acts.

In a statement, Director of Press Relations Jeff Rathke said the State Department was also concerned about reports of recent arrests targeting at least four men, a 17-year-old boy and nine women accused of committing gay acts.

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Two more Florida counties sign on in support of marriage equality

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Two more Florida county commissions have voted to file an amicus brief in support of marriage equality in a Florida court case fighting for same-sex marriage.

On Nov. 17, the Alachua County Commissioners voted to sign onto the brief, making them the first North Florida county to do so.

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2nd annual Turnabout at Quench Lounge

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Members of Quench Lounge’s bar staff and a few friends from the community switched gender roles for the night to raise money for Metro Wellness and Community Centers Nov. 20.

The 2nd Annual Turnabout was high-energy and packed the popular bar. The evening was hosted by Jaeda Fuentes and entertainers donated their tips to Metro. Raffle prizes were also donated by area businesses and helped raise additional money for charity.

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