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5:49 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Florida Files Petition to Keep Gay Marriage Ban

Originally published on Tue December 16, 2014 9:14 am

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi filed an emergency petition on Monday seeking to keep the state's ban on gay marriage in place past Jan. 5.

Bondi and attorneys in her office filed the request with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Thomas oversees emergency appeals from Florida, Alabama and Georgia.

The move by Bondi comes after a federal appeals court in Atlanta refused to keep on hold a ruling that declared Florida's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional. That decision brought same-sex weddings one step closer to reality in the state.

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News
12:00 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Florida Roundup: Art Week In Miami

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On the Florida Roundup, we discuss the week's news with local journalists. 

Gay Marriage And Miami-Dade Human Rights Ordinance

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Gay Marriage
11:00 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Attorney General Pam Bondi Asks Judge To Continue Blocking Gay Marriage In Florida

A file photo shows Attorney General Pam Bondi.
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  Same-sex couples should continue to be prevented from getting married in Florida until a legal battle plays out about the constitutionality of the state's gay-marriage ban, Attorney General Pam Bondi said in a federal-court filing Friday.

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Newscast
6:24 am
Tue October 7, 2014

October 7, 2014: The US Supreme Court's Inaction on Gay Marriage Could Affect Florida

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

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News
7:23 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

SCOTUS Won't Take Up Gay Marriage Appeals

Attorney General Pam Bondi was hoping for a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage. Instead, justices refused to hear cases in 5 other states, leaving the appeals up to lower courts.
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The Supreme Court’s refusal to consider gay marriage cases in five other states may soon impact Florida, now that a federal judge is being asked to clear the way for same-sex marriage in the Sunshine State.

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Newscast
6:25 am
Tue September 9, 2014

September 9, 2014: Miami Shores Leaders Vote To Support Gay Marriage

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

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Newscast
6:26 am
Fri September 5, 2014

September 5, 2014: Pam Bondi Appeals Judge's Gay-Marriage Ruling

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

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Newscast
6:18 am
Fri August 22, 2014

August 22, 2014: Federal Judge Rules Florida's Gay-Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

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Gay Marriage
6:14 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

First Federal Judge In Florida Strikes Down Gay Marriage Ban

Christian Ulvert, one of the plaintiffs who sued to have their same-sex marriage recognized in Florida, explains how the ruling affects him and his partner, Carlos Andrade.
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  A federal judge in Tallahassee has ruled that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, the 16th state to do so.

This is the first federal ruling to come out of Florida, but like the four state district judges who have ruled on the constitutionality of the ban, U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle immediately stayed his decision.

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SoFla Wedding Market
1:51 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Gay Nuptials Expo In Wilton Manors

Bobby Kyser, a South Florida event planner, says gay marriage in Florida is "coming." To prepare for it, he gathered 40 "gay-friendly" wedding vendors in Wilton Manors.
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This summer, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties declared Florida’s gay-marriage ban unconstitutional.

Those back-to-back court rulings sparked a Gay Nuptials Expo this past weekend in Broward County.

At the Hagen Park Community Center in Wilton Manors, a red carpet led guests of the Gay Nuptials Expo to a Cher impersonator and a glass of mimosa.

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The Florida Roundup
10:04 am
Fri August 8, 2014

The Florida Roundup: How Redistricting Impacts Voters

The redistricting process began Thursday in Tallahassee.
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  This week on the Florida Roundup: Florida lawmakers race the clock to fix voting maps recently ruled unconstitutional. What could this mean for Sunshine State voters heading into the 2014 Elections?

Join guest host Christine DiMattei and a panel of the region’s top journalists for a conversation about how redistricting impacts Florida voters.

Some of the other stories we’ll be addressing:

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News
2:39 am
Wed August 6, 2014

A Look Back At All South Florida Counties Ruling Against Gay-Marriage Ban

The case of plaintiffs Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones was the first to get a favorable ruling against Florida's ban on same-sex marriage.
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A Palm Beach County court's Tuesday ruling is the latest to declare Florida's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.

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Gay Marriage
5:00 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Third South Florida Judge Rules Gay Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

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Most of the plaintiffs in this year's same-sex marriage cases have been people who just wanted to get married.

But Heather Brassner was different -- she wanted a same-sex divorce. 

Brassner, a West Palm Beach art dealer, wants to marry her partner, Jennifer Feagins, but she's still in a civil union that she entered in Vermont with her ex 14 years ago.

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News
6:55 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Rules In Favor of Gay Marriage

A Miami-Dade Circuit Judge ordered that six same-sex couples should be allowed to wed.
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Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel ruled Friday afternoon that the six same-sex couples who sued county clerk Harvey Ruvin for marriage licenses should be allowed to wed. 

In the ruling, Zabel wrote that denying same-sex couples the right to marriage "is surely to deprive all the State's citizens of liberty without due process of law."

Zabel ordered an immediate stay until after the case is appealed. 

The ruling marks the second time in less than two weeks that a South Florida circuit judge declared the state's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional.

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News
6:02 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Same-Sex Couples Still Will Not Marry In The Keys

Plaintiffs Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones.
Credit Nancy Klingener / WLRN

Wedding bells are not ringing yet for same-sex couples in Monroe County.

Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones had hoped to apply for a marriage license on Tuesday after last week Monroe Circuit Judge Luis Garcia ruled in their favor seeking the right to marry. But State Attorney General Pam Bondi immediately appealed Garcia’s decision, automatically putting the process on hold.

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