Murphy and Deutch, South Florida Democrats, joined with Oregon Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici to sponsor the Ruthie and Connie LGBT Elder Americans Act. The bill, introduced Oct. 21, intends to improve the Older Americans Act (OAA) by better serving LGBT seniors who studies show face higher rates of poverty, pronounced social isolation and restricted health care access due to past discrimination and barriers in the aging system.
“I am humbled to introduce this legislation in honor of two of my constituents, Ruthie Berman and Connie Kurtz, who have been true champions for LGBT equality,” Murphy said in a news release.
Berman and Kurtz began their love affair as neighbors in Brooklyn, N.Y. They had children with their husbands, divorced them and fell in love with each other. Berman and Kurtz made headlines when they successfully sued the New York City Board of Education for domestic partner benefits for city employees. The women have since moved to Palm Beach County to live out their golden years in the Florida sunshine.
“I first met Ruthie and Connie while serving in the Florida State Senate, and I was immediately inspired by their commitment to each other and to equality for all LGBT Americans,” Deutch stated.Read More ▶