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CFC Stops the Expansion of Gambling in Florida!
As a result of your phone calls and e-mails and our lobbying efforts, we were able to successfully convince Speaker of the House Ray Sansom and President of the Senate Jeff Atwater to reject the concept of the expansion of gambling in order to make up a $2.3 shortfall in the state's budget.

Miami-Dade State Attorney Office Files Charges Against Abortion Doctor . . .
just days after the Christian Family Coalition joined Florida lawmakers in calling on Miami-Dade State Attorney to file murder charges against abortionist Pierre Jean-Jacque Renelique in what has come to be known as the Baby Shanice case.  The State Attorney’s office did indeed, file charges!

Pro-Life Ultrasound Bill Advances in Florida
The pro-life Ultrasound Bill which allows any woman in Florida who is getting an abortion to view an ultrasound of her child before making a final decision was approved by the Health Care Regulation Policy Committee.

Christian Family Coalition Successfully Opposes Legalization of Homosexual Adoption
Equality Florida, a homosexual group operating somewhere in Florida, proposed a bill to legalize homosexual adoptions in Florida.  This year the state legislature did not even allow the bill to come up for a vote in committee, it was dead on arrival (DOA).

Christian Family Coalition Successfully Opposes “Sexual Orientation” Proposal
This bill would amend Florida’s civil rights laws to include sexual orientation (there are approximately 36 different “sexual orientations”) and gender identity.  However, despite the best efforts from extremists to pass this bill, it also died on arrival and was never even considered in committee.

Christian Family Coalition Successfully Opposes “Domestic Partnership” Proposal
In an effort to bypass Florida’s Amendment 2, which defines marriage and its benefits as one man, one woman, this bill would recognize homosexual “couples” as if they were married for the purposes of marital benefits.  Once again, this bill was stopped and not considered by the legislature.

Christian Family Coalition Hosts 2009 Statewide Legislative Victory Breakfast and Marriage Champion Awards
The Christian Family Coalition hosted its 2009 Statewide Legislative Victory Breakfast & Marriage Champion Awards where hundreds of supporters honored those elected officials who endorsed Amendment 2, Florida's constitutional amendment which protects and defines marriage as one man, one woman and contributed, in a significant way, to its success!

Christian Family Coalition Wins Lawsuit in California to Protect Prop 8 Vote on Marriage
In January, 2009, CFC filed a friend of the court brief before the California Supreme Court in support of the people’s right to amend the California state constitution to define and protect marriage as one man, one woman.  In a nearly unanimous decision (6-1), the high court agreed with Christian Family Coalition and upheld the people’s vote on Proposition 8, defining marriage as one man, one woman in California’s State Constitution.

CFC Hosts Family, Faith & Freedom Luncheon with Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart
On Saturday, June 27, the Christian Family Coalition hosted its 2009 Family, Faith and Freedom Luncheon and Reception at the home of Carlos & Michelle Pastor in Miami. This year's keynote speaker was South Florida Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, the Congressman discussed the importance of Christians being involved and how we can still make a difference in Washington by raising our voices.

Governor Re-Iterates Support for Current Adoption Law in Florida
This year, Florida Governor Charlie Crist reaffirmed his support for adoption to be reserved for one man, one woman, telling the Times-Union, "I think Florida has it right right now.”  In fact, the governor does have it right, for the last two years, Florida has set state records for adoptions with 3,700 in 2008-09 and 3,674 in 2007-08.  Florida has also decreased the number of children entering Florida's foster care system by 32%.

Invited to Sit on a National Task Force to Reach the Latino Community
Recently, the Christian Family Coalition (CFC) was asked to sit on a National Task Force to determine how to best reach Hispanics across America with our pro-life, pro-family message. “We look forward to sitting at the table with other Hispanic leaders from the U.S. and Puerto Rico, to discuss how to best reach our brothers and sisters from other ethnic groups,” stated Verdugo, Founder and Executive Director of Christian Family Coalition.

Cindy Lederman Removed from Top Judge at Children’s Courthouse
Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Cindy Lederman, an extremist pro-homosexual judicial activist, who just last year struck down a 32-year-old law protecting orphaned children from homosexual adoption, which is currently on appeal, has been removed from her post as top judge at the Children's Courthouse.

CFC Hosts 2009 Family, Faith and Freedom Breakfast with Miami Mayoral Candidates
On Saturday, September 19th, the Christian Family Coalition hosted its most successful Family, Faith & Freedom Breakfast ever at the Miami Airport Hilton hotel with over three hundred (300) attendees!

Governor Appoints Pro-Life Pro-Family Conservative to Replace Sen. Mel Martinez
Christian Family Coalition applauded Florida Governor Charlie Crist for appointing George Lemieux to replace outgoing Florida Senator Mel Martinez.  In 2001, Broward County party chairman George LeMieux took issue with a Republican club's meeting notice, which touted a statewide effort to recruit pro-choice candidates. The notice was distributed via e-mail to 1,500 Republican activists. LeMieux responded with his own e-mail, emphasizing the party is officially opposed to abortion and announcing a crackdown on party communications.  Furthermore, since taking office in Washington, LeMieux has voted against so-called hate crimes legislation which includes “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” and has expressed his opposition to tax-payer funded abortion in the healthcare proposal.

CFC Hosts 2009 Anniversary Gala Dinner with Governor Charlie Crist
On Friday, November 13th, the Christian Family Coalition, Florida's premier human rights organization, held it's 14th annual gala dinner at Signature Gardens in Miami, Florida with over 500 people in attendance!  "This was, by far, the most successful gala dinner in the history of the organization," stated Anthony Verdugo, Founder and Executive Director of Christian Family Coalition.

Christian Family Coalition sends out over 5.5 million E-mails in 2009!
From January-December, 2009, the Christian Family Coalition sent out over 5.5 million E-mails across the country, including action alerts, announcements, and special reports --- the most ever for the CFC in any one year, and the most for any single statewide organization in Florida

Category: Accomplishments
Tags: Gambling Abortion Pro-Life Homosexual Sexual-Orientation Civil-Rights Marriage Legislation Adoption Hispanics Pro-Family Lederma