2015 began with a clarification over same-sex marriages in Florida. All county clerks can issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples beginning Tuesday, Jan. 6.
Before that happens, take a moment to hear this interview with the Miami Herald's Steve Rothaus. You'll learn all the background info you need to understand what's going on in the courts locally and in Tallahassee.
UPDATE Jan. 2, 4:23 p.m.: A spokesperson from the Palm Beach County Clerk of Court's office said clerk Sharon Bock will perform a group wedding for gay couples at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday.
The office will begin processing same-sex marriage licenses at 10:30 p.m. Monday.
A statement from Monroe County's Clerk of Courts says that office will process up to 100 marriage-license applications during regular office hours Monday, issuing the first licenses at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday.
In this episode of The Florida Roundup, we discuss what's ahead for Floridians in the new year.
A few political possibilities hang in the air for 2015. Former Florida governor Jeb Bush is making way for a 2016 presidential run. Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez reconsiders his party affiliation. While this isn't an election year, candidates will make their future intentions known.
Aaron Huntsman and William Jones, plaintiffs in a case challenging Florida's ban on gay marriage, rode a giant wedding cake down Duval Street as grand marshals of the 2014 Fantasy Fest parade. Next week, they plan to get married for real.
U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle ruled New Year's Day that all Florida clerks are bound by the U.S. Constitution not to enforce Florida's gay marriage ban and that any couple seeking a license on Tuesday should receive one.
“The preliminary injunction now in effect thus does not require the Clerk to issue licenses to other applicants,” Hinkle wrote in an order released Thursday afternoon. “But as set out in the order that announced issuance of the preliminary injunction, the Constitution requires the Clerk to issue such licenses.”
From left: Don Price Johnston and partner, Jorge Isaias, Melanie and partner Vanessa Alenier, Attorney Cristina Alonso of Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, Pamela Faerber and partner Summer Greene, Catherine Pareto and partner Karla Arguello, attorney Elizabeth F. Schwartz, Todd and Jeff Delmay, and NCLR Legal Director Shannon Minter, after press conference announcing that six same-sex couples and Equality Florida Institute filed a lawsuit in Florida state court in Miami seeking the freedom to marry.
Leading LGBT activists and attorneys on Monday blasted a top Miami-based law firm for “an exaggerated warning” to county clerks that they could be fined or prosecuted for issuing marriage licenses Jan. 6 to same-sex couples.
Gay couples who want to marry in Florida were delighted with Friday's ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court. The court left a federal judge's ruling in place, declaring the state's gay marriage ban unconstitutional. While couples hope they can tie the knot early in the new year, the legal situation remains unclear.
Same-sex marriage will begin Jan. 6 in Florida —the U.S. Supreme Court Friday evening denied Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s request to Justice Clarence Thomas that he extend a stay in the federal case of eight gay and lesbian couples.
“The application for stay presented to Justice Thomas and by him referred to the Court is denied,” the Supreme Court announced Friday night.