It’s an old legal truism that every person and issue deserves an attorney, but not everyone deserves you.
With that in mind I see that Save Dade is honoring GT for their pro bono and historic work overturning Florida’s ban on gay adoption:
For the past 33 years, the state of Florida banned gays and lesbians from adopting. In September of 2010, the ACLU of Florida victoriously struck down this ban. The ACLU of Florida has fought for the rights of children to have a “forever home,” and this victory continues to prove their commitment to the fight for LGBT equality and rightfully earns them the 2011 Champions of Equality Award., stated CJ Ortuno, Executive Director of SAVE Dade.
The ACLU of Florida’s victory, however, was not its alone. Greenberg Traurig LLP, a for-profit law firm, stepped up to defend , pro bono, the rights of the two children who have now been legally adopted by Martin Gill.
Greenberg Traurig has publicly stated that this case was the “most meaningful” for its team. Its willingness to go above and beyond to protect the interests of these children earns it the 2011 Champions of Equality Award.
As Glenn Garvin noted in his review of last night’s excellent American Experience, dealing with the heroic efforts by visionary, forward-thinking activists to strike down Jim Crow in the South:
The immediate and profound reaction to each — even among viewers who lived through the 1960s: “That was America? It’s a testament to how stunningly and totally the civil-rights movement eventually triumphed that these images seem so utterly alien, as if they were drawn from a world long ago and far away. Could we really have lived in a country in which water fountains were marked white and colored? Where a public park could have a sign out front reading, whites only? Where a young white woman could smile sunnily into a TV camera and explain that three kids shot to death for registering black voters were asking for it? Where federal troops could be seen lining the streets of a state capital, grimly mounting bayonets onto their rifles in preparation for the day’s work?
It’s always good to be on the right side of history, at least once in your life, on at least one issue of consequence.
The reception will be on 5/20 at the Ice Palace in downtown Miami.