Anyway, the feast-of-scraps DPR isn't the only news pushing supporters for the retiring commissioner on. Apparently, Moore Russell will be discussing the county's refusal to sign onto the amicus briefs in support of gay marriage that numerous Florida counties – and the city of Orlando – already have when she takes the mic on Oct. 14 at the BCC meewting. All of this might seem odd because of the hubbub applied to the mayor's shift in indefensible opinion and the alleged support of the majority of the county dais. Why not sign the brief? The argument so far has been in tune with that of Attorney General Pam Bondi: That potato is too hot; let someone else do it.
So on Thursday night at The Mezz (100 S. Eola Drive), some of the area's most notable fighters and donors for LGBT causes will sit on the host committee for a Tiffany fundraiser, if only to make it clear that they aren't necessarily buying the middle-of-the-road pandering they perceive the Fernandez/Jacobs camp to be selling. Filmmaker Vicki Nantz – who, full disclosure, made a film about me and my partner upon his death and my estate drama – put it thusly on Facebook.
WHY SHOULD YOU JOIN US IN SUPPORT OF TIFFANY MOORE RUSSELL FOR ORANGE COUNTY CLERK OF COURTS?
Tiffany has never wavered in her courage and conviction to advance civil rights for the LGBT community. In 2010 when County Mayor Rich Crotty was obstructing the LGBT-inclusive Human Rights Ordinance, Commissioner Tiffany Moore Russell stood up to Crotty and urged him to play by the rules and get on with a vote. She then voted in favor of that ordinance even though many of her constituents in District 6 encouraged her not to. In 2011, she voted in favor of providing domestic partner benefits to county employees. And in 2012 when Mayor Teresa Jacobs was obstructing the county Domestic Partnership Registry, Tiffany Moore Russell stood up to Jacobs and urged her to end the games and allow a vote. Again, despite negative feedback from many constituents, Commissioner Moore Russell voted in favor of the Orange County DPR. Now Tiffany is proposing that Orange County Government, just like the City of Orlando, join other municipalities in support of the Florida marriage equality lawsuits by signing onto the amicus brief currently before the Court of Appeals.
Tiffany Moore Russell has always been a voice for the people in Orange County. She was one of only 2 members of the Orange County Board of Commissioners NOT charged with the unlawful deletion of public records during the 2012 “Text-Gate Scandal.” Tiffany opposed the Board’s efforts to kill the Earned Sick Time Initiative because she supports a citizen’s right to engage in the political process. And when other commissioners made proposals to block the Earned Sick Time Initiative, which would have jeopardized both existing and future LGBT rights ordinances, she passionately opposed those efforts and protected our hard-earned rights.
Mary and I are proud to support Tiffany Moore Russell for Orange County Clerk of Courts. She is an exceptional public servant who has ALWAYS supported this community when it mattered most.
Meet Tiffany at The Mezz (100 S. Eola Dr. Orlando, 32801) this Thursday, Oct. 2, 5:30-7pm
We'll leave your rhetorical barometer up to your own bad self (until we release our endorsements next month). Here's the flyer. Check out the list of supporters (which is still being updated). One of them, Tom Dyer (former Watermark publisher) actually published Teresa's big outing. Funny, that.