same-sex marriage

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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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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Newscast
6:24 am
Tue October 7, 2014

October 7, 2014: The US Supreme Court's Inaction on Gay Marriage Could Affect Florida

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

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News
7:23 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

SCOTUS Won't Take Up Gay Marriage Appeals

Attorney General Pam Bondi was hoping for a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage. Instead, justices refused to hear cases in 5 other states, leaving the appeals up to lower courts.
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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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SoFla Wedding Market
1:51 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Gay Nuptials Expo In Wilton Manors

Bobby Kyser, a South Florida event planner, says gay marriage in Florida is "coming." To prepare for it, he gathered 40 "gay-friendly" wedding vendors in Wilton Manors.
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This summer, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties declared Florida’s gay-marriage ban unconstitutional.

Those back-to-back court rulings sparked a Gay Nuptials Expo this past weekend in Broward County.

At the Hagen Park Community Center in Wilton Manors, a red carpet led guests of the Gay Nuptials Expo to a Cher impersonator and a glass of mimosa.

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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
12:59 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

A Ban On Same-Sex Marriage, And A Miami Beach Tech Hub Is "The Dumbest Idea"

Above, the six couples and their attorneys at a press conference announcing the lawsuit challenging the state's same sex marriage ban.
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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.

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Civil Rights
8:16 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Getting Federal Benefits To Gay Couples: It's Complicated

A gay rights activist waves a rainbow flag in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in June, a day before the ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act.
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Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 9:54 am

It has been four months since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a law that defined marriage as between a man and a woman. The ruling paved the way for thousands of same-sex married couples to receive federal benefits, and a special group of government lawyers has been working to make that happen.

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Civil Rights
3:08 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Pentagon Details Plan To Extend Benefits To Same-Sex Spouses

The Pentagon said Wednesday that it will extend benefits to same-sex spouses of service members and civilian employees.
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Originally published on Wed August 14, 2013 1:37 pm

The Department of Defense announced Wednesday that it is extending full benefits to the same-sex spouses of service members and civilian employees.

The move is an effort to bring Pentagon policies in line with a Supreme Court decision that found the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional.

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Blogosphere
12:13 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

The Florida Blogup: Building Bridges, Everglades Art And DOMA Reactions

The Florida Everglades is considered a national treasure.
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Everglades-Inspired Art

If you just can’t get enough of Florida wildlife, or if you want to celebrate increased funding for Everglades clean-up, you might want to check out this event.

Hosted at a home on Matheson Avenue, the Summer Salon on Sunday, June 30, will feature Ana Mendez, Gustavo Matamoros and works of art from the Artists in Residence in Everglades (AIRIE) collection.

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Civil Rights
7:43 am
Wed June 26, 2013

A Timeline Of Same-Sex Marriage In Florida

Though he had been a vocal opponent of gay rights, Rubin switched course and in 2004 filed several lawsuits against the gay marriage ban.

The history of gay marriage in Florida may reveal what the future holds. As counties in South Florida gave more rights to same-sex couples, the Sunshine State reinforced its opposition.

Florida is among 30 states with the most rigid same-sex marriage ban, including it in its state constitution.

The following is a brief look back at the issue in recent decades:

1977

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Politics
3:00 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

How State Laws Would Still Impact Gay Marriage Regardless Of High Court Ruling

Till death do us part, so let's figure out this insurance mess.
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Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 10:47 am

Even if the Supreme Court sweeps aside barriers to federal- and state-sanctioned same-sex marriages this summer, where you live and work may still affect your access to health insurance benefits for a same-sex spouse.

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