Couples pushing strollers. Play dates at the park. Daddy get-togethers for Sunday brunch.
South Florida’s gay community has taken on a distinctly family-oriented feel these days — two years after a landmark state appeals court ruling threw out Florida’s 33-year-old ban on gay adoption. And rushing in to offer resources and support is a growing crop of parenting blogs, family-fun events and grow-your-family seminars.
Welcome to the age of the “gayby,” South Florida.
It’s an age of discovery for new dads like Fort Lauderdale hairstylist Henry Amador. In January, he started DADsquared, a blog, Facebook page and Twitter site for gay fathers. He’s watched his blog readership grow to more than 700 since — a testament, he says, to the hunger for gay parenting content.
“I was looking for gay parent resources and, quite frankly, couldn’t find much after [the blog’s] conception, so many families like ours started to reach out,” said Amador, who adopted infant son, Ben, with his husband in October 2011. “It’s been remarkable.”
via Age of the ‘gayby’ arrives in South Florida, finally – South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com.
The Knights of Columbus, a Catholic charitable organization, has given $100,000 to Protect Marriage Maine, the group leading efforts to oppose same-sex marriage in Maine.
The money comes from the international offices of the group, according to a press release.
“I believe this gift will encourage many other Mainers to financially support our efforts to protect marriage as the union of one man and one woman,” said Bob Emrich, chairman of Protect Marriage Maine. “We look forward to continued financial and grassroots support as the campaign gears up for its final phase of advertising and get-out-the-vote efforts prior to Nov. 6.”
Last week, the Human Rights Campaign, a national gay rights group, released a report that stated that 60 percent of the funding for the four anti-gay-marriage campaigns across the country had come from the Knights of Columbus, the Catholic Church, or the National Organization for Marriage. Until this $100,000 gift, the Knights had given only about $1,000 to the Maine campaign and NOM had given $252,000.
via Knights of Columbus gives $100K to Maine anti-gay-marriage campaign | The Kennebec Journal, Augusta, ME.