GLBT Rights

While gays and lesbians are legion in South Florida, statutory protections are slow in catching up. Gay and lesbian couples cannot marry in Florida, and there is no statewide domestic partnership law that provides for joint ownership of property. In Florida workplaces, there is no state or federal protection based on sexual orientation.

However, several Florida cities and counties, such as Miami Beach, Dade County and Broward County have ordinances offering some protections for gays and lesbians. In addition, members of the GLBT community may have rights under one of the other protected categories, such as gender, if they face discrimination at work. In the case of sexual harassment, same-sex predators are outlaws just as much as are straight sexual harassers.

At The Amlong Firm in Fort Lauderdale, we understand GLBT rights. Karen Coolman Amlong was an American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) cooperating attorney in a case that sought to overturn Florida's ban on gay and lesbian adoptions.

Known For Handling High-Profile Gay And Lesbian Rights Cases

Our law firm has also handled a number of high-profile gay and lesbian cases, one of which was made into a TV movie: Karen Coolman Amlong's renamed character was played by Whoopi Goldberg in What Makes a Family in a story about a lesbian woman's successful effort to retain custody of her late partner's birth-child. The dialogue was taken in part from trial transcripts.

Above all, we are trial lawyers. Our opponents know we are willing to go to try cases, and we obtain settlements that are generally better than those obtained by lawyers with a reputation for being reluctant to go to court.

Since there is no protected status for sexual preference or sexual orientation, our discrimination attorneys will seek another theory to combat adverse actions in the workplace. We find that many of our gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender clients face discrimination because they do not fit the stereotype of a male or a female — women are supposed to be pink and frilly, not "butch," and "real men" don't wear pink. When a man or woman faces workplace harassment or wrongful termination because he or she doesn't fit a gender role — that is illegal gender discrimination.

While gay and lesbian couples do not have automatic rights for joint ownership of property, those rights can be created through legal contracts. Our family law attorneys also handle custody issues.

Protect Your Rights. Contact An Attorney.

For a consultation with a gay and lesbian rights lawyer at The Amlong Firm, call 954-519-2235 or fill out our simple contact form. From our office in Fort Lauderdale, we serve clients throughout South Florida.