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Wilson Sayre

  A federal judge in Tallahassee has ruled that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, the 16th state to do so.

This is the first federal ruling to come out of Florida, but like the four state district judges who have ruled on the constitutionality of the ban, U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle immediately stayed his decision.

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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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The City of Miami Beach will be the first in the state to offer transgender benefits to city employees, starting this October. The Commission voted unanimously last Wednesday to offer the coverage.

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05/20/14 - On Tuesday’s Topical Currents we’ll visit with Point Foundation Executive Director and CEO, Jorge Valencia.

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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.” 

Meet The New Leader Of Gay Advocacy Group SAVE

Apr 9, 2014
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It's the largest advocacy group for gay rights in South Florida and it's once again known as SAVE -- Safeguarding American Values for Everyone.

Twenty-one years ago, SAVE was originally known as SAVE  -- and then it morphed into SAVE Dade.

It was started in 1993 by a small group of people who decided to fight against Anita Bryant’s anti-gay "Save our Children" campaign.

The Bryant campaign helped repeal Miami-Dade’s Human Rights Ordinance, the nation’s first county-wide ordinance that included banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

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On The Florida Roundup: six gay couples in South Florida sue over the state's constitutional provision, passed by referendum in 2008, limiting marriage to a man and woman.

We then look at the American Dream for another national minority group: Latino-Americans. Two new polls examine the outlook and views of Latinos.

And Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine causes a furor with his comment that trying to make his city a high-tech hub is "the dumbest idea in the world."  The mayor will join us to explain why he's standing by that assessment.

Fort Lauderdale's Stonewall Museum Seeks Smithsonian Partnership

Jan 21, 2014
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Fort Lauderdale's Stonewall National Museum and Archives is seeking a partnership with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C.

The Stonewall, the nation's largest collection of LGBT literature and periodicals, has applied for membership to the Smithsonian Affiliations program. The program would allow both museums to exchange artifacts among 183 affiliates across 43 states, Panama and Puerto Rico.

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

Jan 21, 2014
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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.

Conversion Therapy May Soon Be Banned For Florida Kids

Nov 19, 2013
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  Conversion therapy, which is meant to turn gay people straight, may soon be banned for young people in Florida.

A bill by Sen. Jeff Clemens (D-Lake Worth) would ban conversion therapy for everyone 18 years old and younger, but it would only apply to conversion therapy offered by licensed professionals like psychologists and counselors.

Religious groups and other non-professional organizations would still be able to offer the therapy for young people.

The American Psychological Association says these therapies have not been proven to be effective or safe.

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The Broward County Public School district has been honored for its anti-bullying policies.

Equality Florida recognized the school district at its annual gala this weekend. Broward was specifically recognized for its policies protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students.

Lawmakers Hold First Broward LGBT Town Hall

Oct 29, 2013
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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.

Wilson Sayre

More than 60 activists huddled in the shade during a rally on Sunday in support of an amendment to the Miami-Dade County human rights ordinance. They were joined by faith leaders including Temple Israel of Greater Miami, Unity on the Bay and All Souls' Episcopal Church.

Miami Agency Enjoys Sweet Spot Of Gay Advertising

May 7, 2013
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Dorn Martell doesn't act surprised to hear gay culture is hot right now after a perfect storm of recent events from legal rulings on same-sex marriage to headlines of professional athletes coming out.

The U.S. Supreme Court heard lively arguments Tuesday in a challenge to California's Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriages.

And, as many learned painfully after last year's court decision to uphold Obamacare, it is risky business to predict how justices will rule later based on questions raised in arguments.

So we won't.

Instead, here are five areas of discussion we found interesting, even if they may not prove predictive of the outcome.

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