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Florida's court clerks are going to start using new marriage and divorce forms that no longer use the words "husband" and "wife."

The Republican-dominated Florida House quietly acknowledged today that gay people have the right to adopt children when they supported a bill amendment that removes a gay-adoption ban from law.

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A state House committee has advanced legislation that would undo a Miami-Dade civil rights ordinance for the transgender community.

The bill would block transgender individuals from using single-sex restrooms that match their gender identity. 

House Bill  583 by Rep. Frank Artiles (R-Miami) requires men transitioning to women or women transitioning to men to use restrooms based on their birth gender, regardless of how they identify.

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Robert Collier and Charles Hunziger have been together for 52 years.

They are one of nine same sex couples who sued Florida to recognize their marriages in a federal case that ultimately struck down the state’s gay marriage ban Tuesday.

Collier and Hunziger say they never meant to become gay activists, to be plaintiffs in a lawsuit that would change Florida law. But as they started getting older, they started thinking about how they wanted to leave things better than they were for them.

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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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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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The Miami-Dade County Commission gave preliminary approval Tuesday to add transgender protections to the county’s human rights law.

Last year, Miami-Dade County considered outlawing discrimination against transgender individuals as it already does for other groups.

But the item failed to draw enough support and was withdrawn.

On Tuesday, the commission revisited the issue.  It passed unanimously.

A few members of the public spoke in support of the transgender community. No one spoke in opposition.

Silvia Ros

For the last few years, photographing some of the biggest events in the LGBT community was more than just a job for Silvia Ros. It's personal.

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

At Tuesday's Boynton Beach commission meeting, officials will discuss whether or not to allow domestic partners to receive benefits.

Boynton Beach is the only city in southern Palm Beach County that does not offer health insurance to partners of city employees.

Should the city decide to allow these benefits, it would add "gender identity or expression" to its non-discrimination policies, giving the partners the option to receive the benefits.