Family Equality Council is thrilled to welcome our newest Southern Advisory Council member, Martin Gill. As the sole plaintiff in the lawsuit that rendered the nation’s most egregious and longest lasting adoption ban unenforceable, Martin became a tireless advocate for all LGBTQ parents, including their access to adoption from the foster care system. Martin has worked with numerous human rights groups, from the ACLU, Equality Florida, Family Equality Council, to a number of various faith-based institutions. Martin’s voice (along with that of his 9 year-old son) was pivotal in both the introduction and reintroduction of the Every Child Deserves a Family Act, helping us persuade Iliana Ros-Lehtinen to become the bill’s first Republican Co-Sponsor. Martin has been a foster parent since 2003, nurturing 32 foster children in his home over the last 11 years. Martin recently started two support groups – one for single gay fathers and another for LGBTQ parents in the Tallahassee area.
Do you live in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, D.C., Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia or West Virginia? If you live in one of these states and feel passionately about equality issues for LGBTQ parents and their families, then join our Southern Advisory Council! You will be a part a group of volunteers that partners with us to cultivate and enrich the quality of life for our families in the southern region. For more information contact our Southern Regional Manager, Tatiana Quiroga at TQuiroga@familyequality.org for further details.