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Gay Marriage
10:08 am
Fri January 2, 2015

In Gay-Friendly Wilton Manors, A Laid-Back Response To Gay Marriage Ruling

In gay-friendly Wilton Manors, reaction to a federal judge's ruling on marriage licenses for same-sex couples was decidedly low-key.
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Perhaps it was the rain. Or because it was Jan. 1st, a day for sleeping off New Year's Eve revelry and laying low.

But in Wilton Manors, one of the most gay-friendly cities in the country, the reaction to a judge's decision essentially clearing the way for gay marriage in Florida was pretty subdued.

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Newscast
9:48 am
Fri January 2, 2015

January 2, 2015: Federal Judge Clears Way For Gay Marriage In Florida

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Gay Marriage
10:29 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

Key Westers Celebrate Gay Marriage Clarification

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.
Credit Andy Newman / Florida Keys News Service

William Jones was about to head to work at the 801 Bourbon Bar on New Year's Day in Key West when he heard the news: A federal judge had clarified his order, clearing the way for Florida to start issuing marriage licenses to to gay couples.

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Same-Sex Marriage
4:11 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

Starting Jan. 6, Same-Sex Couples In Florida Can Get Marriage Licenses, Judge Rules

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  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.”

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Newscast
8:25 am
Wed December 31, 2014

December 31, 2014: Florida's First Same-Sex Marriage May Take Place In Miami-Dade

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Marriage Equality
1:05 am
Wed December 31, 2014

Publix Will Extend Coverage To Employees' Same-Sex Spouses

Publix at 1181 S. University Dr. in Plantation.
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Publix will extend insurance plans to same-sex spouses of employees who are legally married.

The company announced that it will open enrollment on Jan. 1 for any employee who can who show proof of lawful marriage in a state where same-sex unions are allowed.

The couples will get the same health care coverage as any heterosexual couple.

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Gay Marriage
7:10 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Mass Gay Marriage Wedding Won't Discriminate: Straights Welcome, Too

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If you were to pick the most likely city for a gay marriage celebration, it might very well be Fort Lauderdale, which has been attracting lesbian and gay tourism for decades.

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Newscast
10:22 am
Tue December 23, 2014

December 23, 2014: Gay Marriage Remains In Flux In Florida, Many Court Clerks Unsure

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Marriage
8:59 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Lawyers, Activists Say Clerks May Face Lawsuits If They Turn Away Gay Couples

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.
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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.

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Gay Marriage
1:58 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Florida Gay Couples Hope To Wed Soon But Legal Picture Unclear

William Jones, left, and Aaron Huntsman hope they can marry on the courthouse steps in Key West at 12:01 a.m. Jan. 6.
Credit Nancy Klingener / WLRN

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.

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Same-Sex Marriage
8:56 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Same-Sex Marriage In Florida Begins Jan. 6 After U.S. Supreme Court Denies Stay

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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.

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Politics
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

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