gay marriage http://wlrn.org en The Florida Roundup: The Problems In Prisons http://wlrn.org/post/florida-roundup-problems-prisons <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:55:35 +0000 Elaine Chen 35370 at http://wlrn.org The Florida Roundup: The Problems In Prisons Monroe County Court Hears Arguments In Gay Marriage Case http://wlrn.org/post/monroe-county-court-hears-arguments-gay-marriage-case <p>In 2008, Florida voters approved a constitutional amendment that defined marriage as being between one man and one woman. In recent months, gay couples wishing to marry have challenged that provision in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.</p><p>Today on Plantation Key, a Monroe Circuit judge heard arguments in a case brought by two Key West men. Aaron Huntsman and William Jones have been together for 11 years and had a commitment ceremony 10 years ago. But Huntsman said they want to make it official.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 21:31:17 +0000 Nancy Klingener 35150 at http://wlrn.org Monroe County Court Hears Arguments In Gay Marriage Case Resolution Supporting Same-Sex Marriage Is Passed In Fort Lauderdale http://wlrn.org/post/resolution-supporting-same-sex-marriage-passed-fort-lauderdale <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Same-sex marriage in the state of Florida is still illegal, but city commissioners in Fort Lauderdale have signed a resolution in support of it.</span></p><p>While the&nbsp;resolution will not legalize same-sex marriage, proponents say it's important that Fort Lauderdale make its stance opposing the statewide ban known, the <a href="http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/broward/fl-lauderdale-marriage-equality-vote-20140617,0,1668328.story">Sun Sentinel reports.</a></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:35:23 +0000 Selima Hussain 34129 at http://wlrn.org Resolution Supporting Same-Sex Marriage Is Passed In Fort Lauderdale Pennsylvania Becomes Latest Gay Marriage State http://wlrn.org/post/pennsylvania-becomes-latest-gay-marriage-state Pennsylvania&#8217;s Republican Governor Tom Corbett says he won&#8217;t appeal yesterday&#8217;s ruling from a federal judge striking down a state law that banned gay marriage.<p>Hundreds of gay couples are rushing to get married in the state, which as of today has become the 19th state where gay marriage is legal.<p>On Monday, a federal judge in Oregon struck down a voter-approved ban on gay marriage and a federal judge in Utah ordered state officials to recognize more than 1,000 gay marriages performed there in the two weeks before the U.S. Thu, 22 May 2014 14:33:03 +0000 editor 32758 at http://wlrn.org Pennsylvania Becomes Latest Gay Marriage State Gay FAU Student Sues For In-State Tuition http://wlrn.org/post/gay-fau-student-sues-state-tuition <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: arial, helvetica, Verdana, sans-serif; line-height: 20px;">The French husband of a lifelong South Florida man has sued Florida Atlantic University to recognize their 2013 Massachusetts marriage and allow him to pay in-state tuition fees.</span></p> Tue, 20 May 2014 18:00:52 +0000 Steve Rothaus - Miami Herald 32639 at http://wlrn.org Gay FAU Student Sues For In-State Tuition How Florida's Gay-Marriage Advocates Plan To Win In The Court Of Public Opinion http://wlrn.org/post/how-floridas-gay-marriage-advocates-plan-win-court-public-opinion <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lawsuits challenging state bans on gay marriage are piling up across the country, and winning doesn't only rest on having a compelling legal case. Building a plaintiff "dream team" is a major component of strong legal strategy.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“You want plaintiffs who are sympathetic,” explains Nova Southeastern law professor Bob Jarvis. “In front of a jury, you want to say this could be your neighbors, your friends, your coworkers or you.”&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:09:27 +0000 Arianna Prothero 30743 at http://wlrn.org How Florida's Gay-Marriage Advocates Plan To Win In The Court Of Public Opinion ACLU Sues Florida For The Rights Of Married Same-Sex Couples http://wlrn.org/post/aclu-sues-florida-rights-married-same-sex-couples <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A new lawsuit challenging part of Florida’s ban on gay marriage has been filed in a federal district court in Tallahassee.<br /><br />The ACLU of Florida is representing 8 same-sex couples who say their U.S. constitutional rights are being violated because Florida doesn’t recognize their out-of-state marriages. The lawsuit names Governor Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi and two other state officials as defendants.<br /> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 17:44:01 +0000 Arianna Prothero 29171 at http://wlrn.org ACLU Sues Florida For The Rights Of Married Same-Sex Couples How The Fight For Gay Marriage In Florida Began http://wlrn.org/post/how-fight-gay-marriage-florida-began <p>This week’s (Jan. 21<sup>)</sup>announcement that <strong><a href="http://wlrn.org/post/six-same-sex-couples-sue-right-marry-florida" target="_blank">six Florida gay and lesbian couples were going to court to try to reverse the state ban on same-sex marriage</a></strong> has its roots in the 2008 election.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That was when Amendment Two passed, defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman.</span></p><p>That’s when Equality Florida began looking at the court system as a strategy.</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 12:48:51 +0000 Kelley Mitchell 26822 at http://wlrn.org How The Fight For Gay Marriage In Florida Began Six Same-Sex Couples Sue For The Right To Marry In Florida http://wlrn.org/post/six-same-sex-couples-sue-right-marry-florida <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Six couples from South Florida are legally <a href="http://eqfl.org/pressprep" target="_blank">challenging the state's ban</a> on same-sex marriage.</span></p><p>Same-sex couples have never been allowed to marry in Florida. But six years ago a majority of voters chose to amend the state constitution to ban gay marriage.</p><p>Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, attorney Shannon Minter argued minority rights should never be put up to a popular vote.</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 18:12:04 +0000 Arianna Prothero 26750 at http://wlrn.org Six Same-Sex Couples Sue For The Right To Marry In Florida It's History Night! Stonewall, South Africa And MLK http://wlrn.org/post/its-history-night-stonewall-south-africa-and-mlk <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Thursday nights,&nbsp;WLRN&nbsp;looks back at the&nbsp;people, places and major events that have shaped South Florida, the United States and our modern world.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On January 16, Channel 17 presents three shows pegged to these headlines and current events --&nbsp;a string of historic legal and legislative&nbsp;successes by America's&nbsp;gay and lesbian community; last year's death of South African President Nelson Mandela and next week's Martin Luther King holiday:</span></p><p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 02:00:00 +0000 Daniel Hicks 26404 at http://wlrn.org It's History Night! Stonewall, South Africa And MLK Lawmakers Hold First Broward LGBT Town Hall http://wlrn.org/post/lawmakers-hold-first-broward-lgbt-town-hall <p>In conjunction with LGBT History Month, state legislators met Monday night to host what was billed as the state’s first town hall meeting specifically focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues.</p><p>It was standing room only in Wilton Manors City Hall, where the room buzzed with enthusiasm fueled by this summer’s Supreme Court rulings striking down the Defense of Marriage Act and also allowing federal benefits for domestic partners.</p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 16:18:02 +0000 Rachel Morello 22841 at http://wlrn.org Lawmakers Hold First Broward LGBT Town Hall Getting Federal Benefits To Gay Couples: It's Complicated http://wlrn.org/post/getting-federal-benefits-gay-couples-its-complicated It has been four months since the U.S. Supreme Court <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/06/26/195956196/supreme-court-extends-gay-marriage-rights-with-two-rulings" target="_blank">struck down a law</a> that defined marriage as between a man and a woman. Tue, 22 Oct 2013 12:16:01 +0000 Carrie Johnson 22476 at http://wlrn.org Getting Federal Benefits To Gay Couples: It's Complicated New Push For Adding 'T' To 'LGB' In Miami-Dade's Human Rights Ordinance http://wlrn.org/post/new-push-adding-t-lgb-miami-dades-human-rights-ordinance <p></p><p>More than 60 activists huddled in the shade during a rally on Sunday in support of an amendment to the Miami-Dade County human rights ordinance. They were joined by faith leaders including Temple Israel of Greater Miami, Unity on the Bay and All Souls' Episcopal Church.</p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 18:44:17 +0000 Wilson Sayre 21045 at http://wlrn.org New Push For Adding 'T' To 'LGB' In Miami-Dade's Human Rights Ordinance The Triumphant Gay Revolution http://wlrn.org/post/triumphant-gay-revolution <div style="font-family: 'Segoe UI', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: normal; margin: 0px;"></div><div style="font-family: 'Segoe UI', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: normal; margin: 0px;"><font face="Times New Roman,serif" size="4"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">08/27/13 - Tuesday's&nbsp;</span></font><a href="https://twitter.com/TopicalCurrents"><font face="Times New Roman,serif" size="4"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><b>Topical Currents</b></span></font></a><font face="Times New Roman,serif" size="4"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;is with attorney and author <strong><a href="http://www.gayvictorybook.com/">Linda Hirshman</a></strong>, who documents the &nbsp;gay rights movement in her book,&nbsp;</span></font><font face="Times New Roman,serif" size="4"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><i><a href="http://amzn.to/19KvOx9"><strong>VICTORY:&nbsp; The Triumphant Gay Revolution</strong></a>.&nbsp;</i></span></font><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;">Over the past 40 years, gay rights have advanced remarkably:&nbsp; from sexual activities being a criminal offense in most every state, to New York State’s legalization of same-sex marriage in 2011.&nbsp;</span><font face="Times New Roman,serif" size="4"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Listen in Tuesday at 1pm for&nbsp;</span></font><a href="https://www.facebook.com/TopicalCurrents"><font face="Times New Roman,serif" size="4"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><b>Topical Currents</b></span></font></a><font face="Times New Roman,serif" size="4"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">.</span></font></div><div style="font-family: 'Segoe UI', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: normal; margin: 0px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-family: 'Segoe UI', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: normal; margin: 0px;"><br> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Joseph Cooper, Bonnie Berman & Paul Leary 19641 at http://wlrn.org The Triumphant Gay Revolution Pentagon Details Plan To Extend Benefits To Same-Sex Spouses http://wlrn.org/post/pentagon-details-plan-extend-benefits-same-sex-spouses The Department of Defense announced Wednesday that it is extending full benefits to the same-sex spouses of service members and civilian employees.<p>The move is an effort to bring Pentagon policies in line with a Supreme Court decision that found the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/06/26/195857796/supreme-court-strikes-down-defense-of-marriage-act">Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional</a>.<p>"The Department of Defense remains committed to ensuring that all men and women who serve in the U.S. Wed, 14 Aug 2013 19:08:00 +0000 19039 at http://wlrn.org Pentagon Details Plan To Extend Benefits To Same-Sex Spouses