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Civil Rights
5:30 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Here Are Reactions From Across Florida To Wednesday's Ruling On Gay Marriage

Staff at Rosie's restaurant in Wilton Manors, a heavily gay community in Broward County, wear red in support of marriage equality.
Credit Amy Sherman

The Defense of Marriage Act has been declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court of the United States on the basis of equal protection.

The 5-4 ruling came down at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, sending waves of excitement across the nation.

Initial reactions online were lively comments from liberals who saw this legal development as the end of an era: 

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Civil Rights
7:58 am
Wed June 26, 2013

U.S. Supreme Court Expected To Issue Historic Rulings On Gay Marriage

Gay rights activist Vin Testa of DC waves a flag outside the U.S. Supreme Court building on Tuesday in Washington, DC.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 12:38 pm

Update at 10:45 A.M. ET:

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Politics
8:01 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Prosecutors Clear Cop Who Allegedly Threatened Suspect In Bathtub With Taser

Coconut Creek Police Officer James Yacobellis allegedly used the threat of a taser to interrogate a suspect.
Credit Photo via Wikipedia Creative Commons

A Coconut Creek police officer who held an activated Taser stun gun at the ready while questioning a frightened 19-year-old theft suspect he made stand in a bathtub won’t be charged with a crime.

Civil rights advocates call Officer James Yacobellis’ interrogation of Blake L. Robinson on Aug. 15, 2011, a disturbing example of police misconduct akin to torture.

But Broward corruption prosecutors did not see it that way.  In fact, their case closeout memo expressed tolerance for police use of the Taser as a technique to enhance an interrogation.

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