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Politics
5:58 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Miami Shores Symbolic Gay Marriage Vote Fails

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Earlier this week, a municipality in South Florida held a symbolic vote to show support for gay marriage.

That vote failed.

In a 3-to-2 vote, the Village of Miami Shores decided not to support a statewide law that would allow gays to marry anywhere in Florida.

Jesse Walters, vice mayor of Miami Shores, proposed the resolution at a recent council meeting.

"Frankly," he says, "I think it's a black eye for the village, it's an embarrassment. It's a town that has a lot of gay and lesbian people."

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Florida Roundup: Can Gays Marry In Monroe?

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On the Florida Roundup, a judge in the Keys overturns the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. But an appeal by Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi calls for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide the matter.

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Marriage Equality
12:51 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Despite Key West's Gay-Friendly History, Gay Marriage Took This Long

John Huntsman, left, William Lee Jones, center, celebrate at a party in Key West. Doug Mayberry, right, was one of the organizers.
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  It only took a few hours for the state Attorney General’s office to appeal Thursday’s Monroe County ruling declaring Florida’s ban on same sex marriage unconstitutional. The appeal means any marriage licenses for gay couples are put on hold.

But Key Westers have been celebrating the decision anyway, calling it a milestone for the island city.

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News
1:22 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Attorney General Files Notice Of Appeal In Monroe County Gay Marriage Approval

Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones at home with their dogs Riddick and Kira.
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Monroe Circuit Judge Luis Garcia declared Florida's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional Thursday afternoon. He ruled in favor of Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones, a same-sex couple seeking to marry -- but they will only be allowed to do so after Tuesday, July 22.

Later on Thursday afternoon, the office of Attorney General Pam Bondi filed a notice of appeal against Judge Garcia's decision.

The judge compared the gay-marriage ban to earlier laws that prevented women from voting, banned interracial marriages and imprisoned Japanese Americans during World War II.

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The Florida Roundup
10:55 am
Fri July 11, 2014

The Florida Roundup: The Problems In Prisons

Inmate Darren Rainey, left, died in an excruciatingly hot shower as alleged punishment for defecating in his cell. A whistleblower suit filed this week concerns the death of inmate Randall Jordan-Aparo, right, imprisoned for credit card fraud and drug charges, who died after being repeatedly gassed by prison guards.

 

It has been two years since the death of a mentally ill prison inmate in a scalding-hot shower. No one has been charged in that death; the two officers who allegedly punished him with the shower are still working at the facility. The head of the corrections department says he's frustrated that an investigation isn't finished yet. But many question why his outrage about the death comes only now.

Miami-Dade’s mayor proposes a budget keeping the county tax rates steady but could cut jobs and hours for some county services.

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LGBT Rights
5:31 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Monroe County Court Hears Arguments In Gay Marriage Case

William Jones, left, and Aaron Huntsman, right, are plaintiffs in the lawsuit and are seeking to marry in Florida. They are both bartenders in Key West and have been together for 11 years.
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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.

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.

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LGBT Rights
4:35 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Resolution Supporting Same-Sex Marriage Is Passed In Fort Lauderdale

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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.

While the resolution will not legalize same-sex marriage, proponents say it's important that Fort Lauderdale make its stance opposing the statewide ban known, the Sun Sentinel reports.

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News
10:33 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Pennsylvania Becomes Latest Gay Marriage State

Peg Welch, center left, and her wife Delma Welch gather with others at a gay marriage rally on the steps of the state Capitol Tuesday, May 20, 2014, in Harrisburg, Pa. Pennsylvania's ban on gay marriage was overturned Tuesday by a federal judge in a decision that makes same-sex marriage legal throughout the Northeast. (Matt Rourke/AP)

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 3:28 pm

Pennsylvania’s Republican Governor Tom Corbett says he won’t appeal yesterday’s ruling from a federal judge striking down a state law that banned gay marriage.

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.

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. Supreme Court issued an emergency stay.

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Gay Marriage
2:00 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Gay FAU Student Sues For In-State Tuition

Husbands Paul Rubio and Gildas Dousset.
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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.

Journalism student Gildas Dousset wed Fort Lauderdale travel writer Paul Rubio July 25, 2013, a month after the U.S. Supreme Court ordered the federal government to recognize the marriage of Edith Windsor and Thea Spyer.

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Courts And Law
8:09 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

How Florida's Gay-Marriage Advocates Plan To Win In The Court Of Public Opinion

Pareto and Arguello make up one of six couples, in addition to Equality Florida, who are suing for the right to marry in the state of Florida.
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  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.

“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.” 

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Marriage Law
1:44 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

ACLU Sues Florida For The Rights Of Married Same-Sex Couples

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  A new lawsuit challenging part of Florida’s ban on gay marriage has been filed in a federal district court in Tallahassee.

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.

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A Look At The Strategy
7:48 am
Mon January 27, 2014

How The Fight For Gay Marriage In Florida Began

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This week’s (Jan. 21)announcement that six Florida gay and lesbian couples were going to court to try to reverse the state ban on same-sex marriage has its roots in the 2008 election.

  That was when Amendment Two passed, defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman.

That’s when Equality Florida began looking at the court system as a strategy.

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LGBT Rights
1:12 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Six Same-Sex Couples Sue For The Right To Marry In Florida

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Six couples from South Florida are legally challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

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.

Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, attorney Shannon Minter argued minority rights should never be put up to a popular vote.

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9:00 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

It's History Night! Stonewall, South Africa And MLK

On Thursday nights, WLRN looks back at the people, places and major events that have shaped South Florida, the United States and our modern world. 

On January 16, Channel 17 presents three shows pegged to these headlines and current events -- a string of historic legal and legislative successes by America's gay and lesbian community; last year's death of South African President Nelson Mandela and next week's Martin Luther King holiday:

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Politics
12:18 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Lawmakers Hold First Broward LGBT Town Hall

(From left to right) Florida Senate Democratic Leader Pro Tem Sen. Maria Lorts Sachs (D-Delray Beach), Florida House Democratic Leader Rep. Perry Thurston (D-Fort Lauderdale), Rep. Mark Pakford (D-West Palm Beach) and Rep. Katie Edwards (D-Plantation) listen to speakers at a town hall in Wilton Manors on Oct 28.
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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.

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.

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