Tag Archives: Broward County

Florida Seeks Death Penalty For Parkland Shooter

NBC’s Miami affiliate reports: Prosecutors in the case against suspected Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz have announced they will seek the death penalty against the 19-year-old accused of killing 17 people nearly one month ago. The public defenders appointed to represent Cruz, who was indicted last week by a grand jury for the shootings inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School ...

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FLORIDA: Broward County Bans Ex-Gay Torture

Minutes ago the Broward County Commission voted unanimously to ban ex-gay torture, becoming the 16th and largest Florida municipality thus far to take such a stand. Other Florida municipalities with bans on the books include Palm Beach County, Boca Raton, Miami, Tampa, Wilton Manors, Key West, and Oakland Park. Bucking the statewide trend, however, is Miami-Dade County, which rejected a ...

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FLORIDA: At Least Five Dead At Hollywood Nursing Home After Days Without Air Conditioning [VIDEO]

CBS News reports: Five people are dead at a Florida nursing home that was evacuated early Wednesday after several days without power. Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief said about 100 patients were evacuated from the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills early Wednesday and officials are working to relocate them to safety. Three people were found dead at the nursing home ...

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Mandatory Evacuations Begin For Fort Lauderdale

Broward County Mayor Mayor Barbara Sharief last night ordered the mandatory evacuation of areas east of US 1, which runs parallel to the coast about two miles inland. The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel reports: The evacuation order for areas east of Federal Highway, barrier islands, low-lying areas and mobile homes goes into effect at noon Thursday. She said the implementation is ...

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VIDEO: Couples Marry In Fort Lauderdale

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Wedding Bells Ring Across Florida

Hundreds of couples are lined up across Florida at the county clerks’ offices that have kindly opened their doors tonight. Weddings will continues until the wee hours of morning.

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FLORIDA: Judge Grants First Gay Divorce

Via the Associated Press: The first formal divorce for a gay couple in Florida has been granted by a county judge who also declared the state’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. Circuit Judge Dale Cohen on Wednesday dissolved the marriage of Heather Brassner and Megan Lade. They were united in a 2002 civil union in Vermont. Cohen had ruled in ...

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FLORIDA: County Judge Reinstates His Overturn Of Ban On Same-Sex Marriage

Remember the Broward County judge who struck down Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage but then took it back when it turned out that AG Pam Bondi hadn’t been properly notified about the case? Yesterday he reinstated that ruling. On Monday, Broward Circuit Court Judge Dale Cohen issued a ruling striking down the state’s same-sex marriage ban, just as several county ...

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FLORIDA: Major Cities File Joint Amicus Brief In Support Of Same-Sex Marriage

The cities of Tampa, St. Petersburg, Orlando, and Miami Beach today jointly filed an amicus brief in support of the plaintiffs suing for same-sex marriage in a Tallahassee federal court. Also joining the brief are the popular LGBT tourism town of Wilton Manors, the tiny Miami-Dade County town of Biscayne Park, and the government of Broward County (home to Fort ...

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FLORIDA: AG Pam Bondi Files Motion To Intervene In Broward County Case

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has filed a motion to intervene in the Broward County marriage equality case. Last week Judge Dale Cohen vacated his earlier overturn of the state’s ban on same-sex marriage after learning that Bondi’s office had not been properly notified about the Broward case. Prior to that decision, it appeared that marriages would have been able ...

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FLORIDA: Broward County Judge Vacates Ruling That Overturned Marriage Ban

The same Broward County judge that last month struck down Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage has rescinded his own ruling on a technicality. Via the Miami Herald: “It has come to this Court’s attention that the Petitioner, Heather Brassner, has failed to comply with [state law] by failing to notice the Office of the Attorney General of these proceedings by ...

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FLORIDA: Broward County Clerk Considers Issuing Licenses As Stay Lapses Without Appeal From Attorney General Pam Bondi

From the Miami Herald: A deadline to appeal a Broward judge’s ruling in August that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional passed this week without an appeal from the Florida Attorney General, paving the way for the judge to finalize a divorce for a Lake Worth lesbian seeking to end her 2002 Vermont civil union. The Fort Lauderdale ...

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FLORIDA: Broward County Commission Seeks To With Withhold Funds For AG Pam Bondi’s Same-Sex Marriage Appeals

Yesterday the Broward County Commission voted unanimously to support same-sex marriage. Which is wonderful, but they’re also trying to take things much further. Along with approving the resolution decision unanimously, county commissioners are also asking the county attorney to research ways to withhold funding to Tallahassee that is used in the appeals process. The county commissioners do not want to ...

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Local Haters Have The Florida Super-Sadz

“In yet another incident of judicial corruption and lawlessness in South Florida over the last 18 days, today, Broward County Circuit Judge Dale Cohen overthrew Florida’s voter-approved Constitution and denied Floridians their fundamental voter rights. Millions of Americans died fighting in battlefields around the world to defend the constitutional rights Judge Cohen has denied Floridians todays. He has violated his ...

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FLORIDA: State Judge Expected To Order Out-Of-State Marriage Recognition
UPDATE: Judge Rules For The Good Guys!

Via the Orlando Sentinel: A state circuit judge in Broward County is expected to make history today by ordering the state of Florida to recognize a gay marriage performed in another state. If that is the decision of Circuit Judge Dale Cohen, it would be the third time in as many weeks that a Florida judge has ruled that the ...

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FLORIDA: Broward Sheriff’s Office Issues Plea For Peace After Zimmerman Verdict

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office has posted a rap video in which young people plea for peace, whatever the verdict may be in the Zimmerman trial.  Right wing sites have long predicted riots should Zimmerman be acquitted.  Breitbart has posted a transcript: The video, titled “Raise Your Voice, Not Your Hands,” focuses on attempting to channel reaction into non-violent response. ...

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FLORIDA: Broward County Schools First In Nation To Recognize LGBT History Month

After an “emotional” public hearing, Florida’s Broward County School Board today voted unanimously to become the first in the nation to officially recognize LGBT History Month. South Florida Gay News has the story: Emotions ran high as the vote came on Sept. 19 at 12:51 p.m., and was preceded by a dozen or so speakers from both public office and ...

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FLORIDA: Broward County First In State To Order Domestic Partner Coverage

By order of the Broward County Commission, companies with five or more employees must now offer same-sex couples the same benefits they grant to married opposite-sex couples. Equality Florida reports: Broward is the first county Florida to adopt an EBO [Equal Benefits Ordinance]. In 2005 Miami Beach became the first city in the state to pass an EBO, and the ...

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Broward County FL Gets Gay Mayor

Yesterday Ken Keechl was sworn in as the mayor of Florida’s Broward County, the first openly gay county mayor of the seaside gay tourism mecca. Keechl was elected by fellow county commisssioners. Handling the county’s roiling corruption scandals will be Keechl’s first order of business. Ken Keechl took over as Broward mayor Tuesday amid a wide-ranging government corruption investigation that ...

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Gay FL Cop Charged With Sex Crimes

UPDATE: Father Tony points out that despite the wording of the below Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel story, Bleiweiss’ arrest report (PDF) makes it very clear that he was the one performing the oral sex, not his victims. The arrest report reads like a very, very bad porn script and may be NSFW. Openly gay Broward County sheriff’s deputy Jonathan Bleiwiess, 29, ...

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