Rainbow Family & Friends is a non-profit LGBT social and charitable organization located in The Villages, Florida.  Our goal is to provide activities, support, and charity to the community and all those interested in support, respect and a commitment to human rights equality for all.  Please join us at our next meeting or one of our family events.

Upcoming Events

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Mark Your Calendars!

Friday, January 23rd, 2015, 2nd Annual Family Game Night at Colony Recreation Center.  Sponsored by Carol Canizaro of Village Pride Events.

Saturday, February 14th, 2015 - Valentine's Day Dance at Seabreeze Recreation Center. Sponsored by Barb Hocking.

March 17th, 2015 - ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARTY at Manatee Recreation Center.  Sponsored by Lynne McCarthy. 









     For couples wishing to take a Florida approved pre-nuptial class which will waive the 3 day waiting period between obtaining a marriage license and having a ceremony (civil or spiritual) which is necessary to complete marriage process which means you could obtain license and marry same day.  
     Pastor Roxanne at Christ Church Unity Orlando will be conducting a class on Tuesday December 23rd from 6-10pm.  Bring a potluck dish!  Location: 771 west Holden Ave, Orlando. 32839.  Call to register: 407-852-3940 ext 206.

     The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Marion County wants to marry you for free on the Sunday afternoon following realization of same-sex marriage in Florida.  Our minister will be ready to legally marry each same-sex couple form 1 pm until 8 pm on that Sunday in brief, individual ceremonies.  Afterwards members of our congregation will join to celebrate your marriage with wedding cupcakes, photographs, and congratulations.  Call or email us to reserve a time.  Bring your marriage license too.  There's a 3-day waiting period.
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Marion County
7280 SE 135th Street
Summerfield, FL 34492


Ireland to vote on marriage equality in May 

Ireland will vote on a marriage equality referendum in May, according to an announcement from the deputy prime minister's office. "The fact that this referendum is now to take place is a mark of the progress that has taken place in this country in recent years and decades," Irish Labour Party leader Joan Burton said of the announcement, which did not mark a specific day for the vote. Polls indicate that the majority of Irish citizens plan to vote in favor of marriage equality. Gay Star News (12/16), The Guardian (London) (12/16), The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (12/16)

Tenn. argues Supreme Court should not review marriage case 

The legal team backing Tennessee's marriage equality ban urged the Supreme Court on Monday not to review an appeals court decision upholding the state's ban. In the brief opposing the plaintiffs' request for a Supreme Court decision, attorneys for the state argued that there is no reason for the high court to weigh in. Ohio, Kentucky and Michigan have all filed documents arguing that a review by the Supreme Court is warranted. The Leaf-Chronicle (Clarksville, Tenn.) (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (12/16), Washington Blade (Washington, D.C.)(12/15), Metro Weekly (Washington, D.C.) (12/15)

Senate confirms openly gay federal judge in Texas 
The Senate on Tuesday night confirmed Robert Pitman of Texas to a federal judgeship position in San Antonio, making him the state's first openly gay judge. Pitman, who has served as the state's first openly gay U.S. attorney, will fill a position that has been vacant for six years. He is expected to be sworn in by the end of this week. Austin American-Statesman (Texas) (free content) (12/17), The Dallas Morning News (free content)/Trail Blazers blog(12/17), LGBTQ Nation (12/16)

Same-sex weddings begin in Scotland 
Same-sex couples in Scotland began tying the knot this week as the country's marriage equality law took effect. Parliament passed the law in February, but couples were not able to begin the process of acquiring licenses until Tuesday. BBC (12/16), ThinkProgress.org (12/16)

Ky. governor asks SCOTUS to review marriage case 
Attorneys for Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear on Tuesday filed a brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a case challenging the state's marriage equality ban. "It is important for Kentucky -- and the country -– that the Court resolve the important question of who has the right to define marriage for a state," the team said in the brief. Kentucky's ban was one of four upheld in a decision by a federal appeals court panel last month. The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky.) (tiered subscription model) (12/10), Metro Weekly (Washington, D.C.) (12/9)

Ore. senator to push LGBT rights bill in next Congress 
Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley, a Democrat, announced Wednesday that he plans to introduce a comprehensive LGBT civil rights bill at the start of the 115th Congress in January. Merkley, who made the remarks during a speech at the Center for American Progress, said his bill would protect the LGBT community from discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations. Statesman-Journal (Salem, Ore.) (tiered subscription model) (12/10), Metro Weekly (Washington, D.C.) (12/10)

Pope Francis on Sunday called on the Catholic Church to provide support for parents with LGBT children. "We come across this reality all the time in the confessional: a father and a mother whose son or daughter is in that situation. ... We have to find a way to help that father or that mother to stand by their son or daughter," Francis said during a discussion of the church's Synod of Bishops in the fall. A day earlier, the pontiff urged his fellow officials to recognize the "signs of the times." International Business Times/Independent (London) (tiered subscription model), The (12/8), Advocate.com/LaNacion.com.ar (Argentina) (Spanish-language content) (12/8)

Current Map, Court Cases, Legislation & Polling: Marriage Equality USA tracks all the current court cases, polls, and bills and initiatives on marriage equality across the USA. Link

Post DOMA Resources: Now that Section 3 of DOMA has been struck down by the US Supreme Court, MEUSA has pulled together a section of resources for same sex couples in a post-DOMA world. Link