June is Pride Month, and here at The Orlando Law Group we are proud to support local LGBTQ+ owned businesses and initiatives! This is particularly important here in the City Beautiful, as Orlando has earned a perfect score from the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index, which measures the LGBTQ+ inclusiveness of city policies, and we are home to the most households owned by same-sex couples in the entire state of Florida and the fourth most in metropolitan areas nationwide. We are proud to cater to a diverse range of clientele, serving each person who walks in the door with the same amount of time, level of service, and attention to detail!
The History of Pride Month
Pride Month is celebrated every year in June in order to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, where New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club located near Manhattan. The raid provoked a riot among bar patrons and nearby residents, leading to six days of protests. The Stonewall Riots served as a tremendous catalyst for the gay rights movement in the United States and around the world. The purpose of the month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people have had on history both nationally and internationally. Today, celebrations of LGBTQ+ Pride Month include pride parades, picnics, parties, and memorials, attracting millions of participants around the world.
Showing Our Support
At The Orlando Law Group, we are delighted to support members of the LGBTQ+ community, not only through our continued support and sponsorship of many LGBTQ+ businesses and initiatives, but also through our variety of legal services offered. We recognize that there is nothing worse than dealing with discrimination and judgement, while already navigating the complex legal world. That is why at The Orlando Law Group, we are firmly committed to excellent representation for all clients. We are proud to continue to represent all members of the LGBTQ+ community in any family law, including adoption, or estate planning matters they may have.
Adoption is a wonderful way to grow a family, and the presence of an adoption attorney can help you avoid any potential legal mistakes or setbacks as you welcome your newest addition. Florida was the last state to rule the ban on gay and lesbian adoption as unconstitutional in 2010, taking an important step towards equality. For adoptions through state-run agencies or private agencies that receive state funding, you cannot be discriminated against based upon your sexual orientation. To learn more about different types of adoption and the laws surrounding adoption, visit our previous article: “Know The Law When Adopting a Child.”
Losing a loved one is never an easy experience, but estate planning is vital in lightening the pain of the process. While the legalization of same-sex marriage in 2015 was a significant step towards equality, it is not a 100% fallback in estate planning. For unmarried couples, a comprehensive estate plan allows couples to protect each other with or without the benefits of marriage. Some couples believe that all they need is a will in case one partner passes away, but a will by itself does not successfully protect the surviving spouse if one partner dies, and it may not adequately protect any children. It also does nothing if one of the partners were to become incapacitated. Having an attorney by your side to plan your estate will protect your spouse, partner, or any children if anything were to happen.
The attorneys of The Orlando Law Group are well-equipped with the knowledge and experience to aid in your quest to grow your family, plan your estate, or any other family matter you may have. Call us at 407.512.4394 and schedule a consultation today. Happy Pride!