Rainbow Family & Friends is a non-profit 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.

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In the LGBT News

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

Americans who identify as LGBT report lower overall well-being than their non-LGBT counterparts, according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index released Monday. Respondents who identified as LGBT posted an average score of 58 on the 1-100 index, compared with the non-LGBT group's 62 score. The gap between the groups was wider on the issue of financial well-being, with the LGBT population 10 points behind their non-LGBT counterparts. The Huffington Post/Gallup.com (8/25)

Fla. Democrats urge state officials not to appeal marriage ruling 
The Miami Herald (tiered subscription model)/Naked Politics blog (8/22)

Wis., Ind. marriage cases set for hearing today 
A federal appeals court was scheduled to hear oral arguments today in two marriage equality cases out of Indiana and Wisconsin, which saw their respective bans on marriage equality struck down earlier this summer. The cases were consolidated into a single hearing in order to expedite a resolution to both appeals, which were brought by state officials opposed to striking down the bans. Gay Star News (8/22), WisconsinGazette.com (8/26),MSNBC/Indianapolis Star (tiered subscription model), The (8/25)

Appeals court extends stay of Colo. marriage ruling 
A federal appeals court on Thursday extended a stay of last month's ruling against Colorado's marriage equality ban. The court noted similar decisions out of other states as reasons for maintaining the stay, including a ruling from Virginia last week. The stay is likely to remain in place until the Supreme Court hears the case. KCNC-TV (Denver)/The Associated Press (8/21)

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