Safeguarding American Values for Everyone

Welcome to SAVE! Save Dade was created in 1993 to protect gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals from discrimination on the basis of their actual or perceived sexual orientation.

Who We Are

Learn more about SAVE and what we do for the community. View our mission statements and find out about SAVE's History.

History

SAVE was created in 1993 in order to defeat a proposed statute that would have banned anti-discrimination ordinances throughout the State of Florida. In 1998, SAVE successfully lobbied for the Miami-Dade County Commission to pass an ordinance banning discrimination based on sexual orientation. The ordinance was challenged at the ballot box in 2002. SAVE won the vote 53% to 47%. See our Mission Accomplished for a list of other successes.

Your Local Voice for Equal Rights

SAVE Dade was created in 1993 to protect gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals from discrimination based on their actual or perceived sexual orientation. SAVE Dade and its education arm, SAVE Foundation, help raise awareness about rights and protections for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. The SAVE Dade Action PAC endorses local and state-wide candidates seeking office who support our goals. Through this process, we educate candidates about the issues affecting the LGBT community.

Your Local Voice for Advocacy

Honored for its human rights work by Amnesty International, SAVE Dade is proud of its success in helping gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender South Floridians lead productive lives free of discrimination in their homes and workplaces. SAVE lobbies municipalities and county governments to pass legislation that improves the quality of life for the LGBT community.

Mission Statements

SAVE, Inc.

The Mission of SAVE is to advocate for equal rights for persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

SAVE Dade Issues PAC

To educate and advocate for equal rights for all people regardless of their sexual orientation, emphasizing issues affecting the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community. We will secure and guarantee equal rights under the law through the passage and defense of the Miami-Dade County Human Rights Ordinance.

SAVE Dade Action PAC

To support candidates who will advocate for equal rights for persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

SAVE Foundation, Inc.

To pursue equal rights for persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities through education.

Current Efforts

Curious about SAVE's current efforts? Find out all the information here.

Domestic Partner Benefits

SAVE is currently lobbying our County Commissioners to provide domestic partner benefits to county employees. Miami Dade County is one of the largest employers in the County.

SAVE is working with the City of North Bay Village to provide domestic partner benefits to the city's employees. SAVE will soon begin lobbying other municipalities to offer domestic partner benefits to their employees.

State-Wide Ban on Marriage

SAVE is participating in the campaign that will fight the effort to ban same-sex marriage in the constitution of Florida. This measure is expected to be on the ballot in November 2008.

Political Endorsements

SAVE Dade Action PAC, our political endorsement committee, is currently interviewing candidates for elected office in Miami Dade County. For a complete list of endorsements, please click on endorsements on our homepage.

Legal Documents

Thanks to our volunteers, we could bring to life another one of our ambitious ideas—provide our community with lawyer-approved legal documents. We’ve started from a bill of sale form since it’s one of the most widely used documents. However, we are determined to continue this activity and bring more and more quality legal forms and templates to you. Learn about the bill of sale forms that are now available.

We Also Offer DIY Bill of Sale Forms for Minorities

A bill of sale is a document that records the details of any transaction between a seller and buyer. For example, if you want to sell a car or buy a boat, you will have to create and sign a bill of sale. Why? Because, apart from serving as a receipt, this document can be required to register your new vehicle or boat.

If you need a general and customizable template, you are free to create a Generic Bill of Sale Form. It can be used for any private transaction. It includes spaces for such general details as the parties’ contact information, the item being sold and purchased, purchase price, transaction date, and signatures.

A Car Bill of Sale Form is a specific form used when you sell or purchase a motor vehicle. It includes such essential details as the addresses and names of the buyer and seller, date of the sale, purchase price, vehicle description with the VIN, odometer statement, and signatures of both parties. You have to bring this form to your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) along with other necessary documents to register the purchased car.

If you want to sell a boat, a Boat Bill of Sale Template will come in handy during the transaction. This document is similar to a vehicle bill of sale and contains the parties’ contact details, boat description, purchase price, signatures, and date of signing. However, you need to indicate the hull identification number (HIN) instead of the vehicle identification number (VIN).

Bill of Sale Forms by State

A bill of state form is regulated by state laws and requirements. That’s why it’s better to use a state-specific document. We’ve collected the most widely used state forms to help you close any private transaction successfully, no matter where you live.

A Texas Bill of Sale Form will come in handy for Texas residents. The state does not require this form, but you are recommended to have one to keep records of any transaction. A Texas bill of sale can be helpful to sell or purchase equipment, tools, or vehicle accessories.

If you live in Florida, a Florida Bill of Sale Form is here to help you. As a rule, you need to use this document for large property transfers, including machinery, equipment, and appliances for livestock. A Florida bill of sale is not required but highly recommended to protect both parties and avoid confusion.

You will need to use a Missouri Bill of Sale Form to close the deal successfully in Missouri. This document can be used for any private sale. However, if you want to sell or buy a car, boat, or firearm, it’s better to use a specific bill of sale form. Usually, you are not required to notarize a Missouri bill of sale, but it could make the process less tiresome.

Check the list of other state-specific bills of sale to find the right for you. Do not forget that some states may require a bill of sale to be signed in front of a notary public.

SAVE Dade History and Missions Accomplished

SAVE has accomplished many goals in the last 13 years and has passed many laws. Learn more about the full history of SAVE and what we have done for the community.

Timeline of Events

2006

The Equal Benefits Ordinance takes effect.

2005

As a result of SAVE's lobbying, the City of Miami Beach passes an Equal Benefits Ordinance with great assistance from National Center for Lesbian Rights and Equality Florida. The ordinance takes effect July 1, 2006. SAVE partners with the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce to distribute "A Guide to Domestic Partner Insurance Coverage" brochures to its 5,500 members.

2004

As a result of SAVE's lobbying, the City of Miami Beach passes protection for transgender residents. As a result of SAVE"s lobbying, the City of Miami Beach passed a domestic partner registry without a residency requirement.

2003

Lambda Legal invites SAVE Dade to participate in its Amicus Brief to overturn Lawrence and Garner v. Texas.

2002

53% of Miami-Dade County voters say no to discrimination. Thank you!

The Miami-Dade County Commission placed the referendum to repeal the amendment to the Human Rights Ordinance on the September 10 Ballot.

2001

The Miami-Dade Election Department certifies petition signatures.

SAVE helped pass an ordinance to provide domestic partner benefits for the City of Miami Beach employees through its Miami Beach Workplace Political Action Committee (PAC).

Miami-Dade County Circuit Court Judge Steve Levine denied Take-Back Miami's motion to dismiss SAVE Dade from the February 25 lawsuit. An attempt by Take-Back to prevent SAVE Dade from presenting to the courts the many irregularities we found in the petition. Judge Levine told the Herald (4/21/01) that SAVE Dade's presence in the lawsuit "crystalizes the real issues."

The Miami-Dade County Department of Elections filed suit against SAVE Dade and Take Back Miami-Dade to force a Miami-Dade Circuit Court judge to determine the next course of action concerning verifying petitions turned in by Taking Back Miami-Dade."

Take Back Miami-Dade demands the Elections Department certify the petition without further review of the petition forms.

SAVE Dade volunteers complete a review of all 51,000 petition signatures and uncover massive irregularities involving thousands of duplicate signatures and notary and circulator changes.

The Miami-Dade County State Attorney's office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement open criminal investigations.

2000

Deadline for the Christian Coalition and Take Back Miami-Dade to turn in signatures of 4% of the registered voters to the Clerk of the Board's Office. Take Back Miami-Dade filed 51,000 signatures to place the Human Rights Ordinance repeal on the Ballot. SAVE Dade begins a manual review of the petitions. After the petitions fail a random sampling, the Miami-Dade Elections Department decides all petition signatures need to be verified one at a time.

Take Back Miami-Dade receives approval a second time from the County Commission for a petition drive to overturn the Amendment to the Human Rights Ordinance that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation in housing, employment, public accommodations, and finance.

Christian Coalition failed to gather enough petition signatures to place the repeal on the Ballot.

Take Back Miami-Dade receives approval from the Miami-Dade County Commission to collect signatures to have the Amendment to the Human Rights Ordinance repealed through a public vote.

Christian Coalition teamed up with Tampa's Florida Family Association to form the "Take Back Miami-Dade Political Committee" intended to repeal the Miami-Dade Human Rights Ordinance.

SAVE Dade members identified 20,000+ supporters of Human Rights.

1999

Ordinance by canvassing neighborhoods and election precincts.

Announcement of the Christian Coalition's active efforts to repeal the ordinance by referendum.

1998

Miami-Dade County Commissioners passed an amendment to HRO prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation!

Human Rights Ordinance passes first reading.

1997

The SAVE-DADE coalition was created to push for equal rights for gays and lesbians.

Dade County commissioners reject the proposed ordinance. Dade County Commissioner Bruce Kaplan introduces Human Rights Ordinance barring discrimination based on sexual orientation.

1993

The Supreme Court invalidates the proposed constitutional amendment SAVE created to counteract AFA efforts in the Dade County American Family Association gathering signatures for a State Constitutional amendment prohibiting local ordinances granting equal rights on the basis of sexual orientation.

1992

The City of Miami Beach Commission adopts ordinance barring discrimination based on sexual orientation

1989

DadeAction PAC, a gay political action committee, is created.

1977

Dade County residents repeal the equal rights ordinance. Anita Bryant and Save our Children spearheaded a petition drive to repeal the equal rights ordinance.

Dade County Commission adopts equal rights ordinance.

Dade County Commissioner Ruth Shack introduces an ordinance barring discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

Laws Passed

Here is the list of Ordinances that have been passed since 1998 through the lobbying efforts of SAVE Dade.

Equal Benefits Ordinance

Effective Date: April 2006

This Ordinance requires contractors doing business with the City of Miami Beach. The latter is awarded a contract under competitive bidding to provide "Equal Benefits" to their employees with Domestic Partners, as they provide employees with spouses.

The type of "Benefits" defined by the Ordinance include sick leave, bereavement leave, family medical leave, and health benefits.

SAVE would like to thank Karen Doering of the National Center for Lesbian Rights and Stratton Pollitizer of Equality Florida for their support in passing this law.

Domestic Partner Registry (Miami Beach)

Effective Date: August 9, 2004

In July of 2004, the City Commission adopted legislation that affords certain rights and benefits to qualified, committed relationships registered with the City of Miami Beach. Partners need not be Miami Beach residents. Registration is available Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Miami Beach City Hall, City Clerk's office, first floor. A notarized form can be mailed to the City Clerk's office.

As of June 26, 2006, 189 couples have registered. Available to both same-sex and opposite-sex couples.

Transgender Protection (Miami Beach)

Effective Date: July 2004

In July of 2004, the City Commission included the transgender community as part of the City's Human Rights Ordinance. The transgender community is protected from discrimination in employment, housing, finance, and public accommodations.

Domestic Partner Benefits for the City of Miami Beach Employees

Effective Date: October 2001

This ordinance provides the domestic partners of City employees with health insurance benefits, sick leave, bereavement leave, and family medical leave.

Human Rights Ordinance

Effective date: December 1998

This amendment to the Human Rights Ordinance bans discrimination based on the basis of sexual orientation in the categories of employment, housing, finance, and public accommodations. The Equal Opportunity Board is the entity charged with enforcing the County's Human Rights Ordinance.

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With your support, SAVE will continue to safeguard the rights of men and women of all sexual orientations and gender identities—so they may lead productive lives free from discrimination.