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Newscast
8:20 am
Mon January 5, 2015

January 5, 2015: Gay Marriage Expected To Bring More Tourists To South Florida

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

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The Florida Roundup
5:26 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

LISTEN: Understanding Same-Sex Marriage In Florida

As of Friday, Jan. 2, courts in three of four South Florida counties were prepared to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6.
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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.

Key points:

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News
2:30 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Broward, Palm Beach Courts Plan Group Weddings For Gay Couples

William Lee Jones, left, and Aaron Huntsman, right, leave the Monroe County Clerk of the Court's office after completing a marriage license application Friday, Jan. 2, 2015, in Key West, Fla.
Credit Andy Newman / Florida Keys News Bureau

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.

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Politics
11:08 am
Fri January 2, 2015

Florida Roundup: What's Ahead In 2015

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  Editor's note: This is a pre-recorded episode.

In this episode of The Florida Roundup, we discuss what's ahead for Floridians in the new year. 

POLITICAL LEADERS

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.  

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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

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

    

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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.
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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

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

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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

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

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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.
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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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