Tag Archives: Equality Florida

Donation Page Set Up For Orlando Massacre Victims

From the page: Equality Florida, the state’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization is collecting contributions via this GoFundMe page to support the victims of the horrific shooting at Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub. Please contribute and share this page. We are reeling from the tragic news that a gunman opened fire on the 2am capacity crowd at Pulse …

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FLORIDA: State Senate Rejects Bid To Allow Anti-Gay Adoption Discrimination

Via Equality Florida: In a stunning turnaround late this afternoon, the Florida Senate blocked efforts to allow Indiana-style discrimination in adoption. In doing so they derailed an effort that originated in the House of Representatives to reintroduce an anti-gay adoption law in Florida. Former Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Destin, was an eloquent opponent, stating “We don’t need to turn back …

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FLORIDA: Activists Urge Bondi To Instruct State Agencies On Marriage Rights

The National Center for Lesbian Rights and Equality Florida today issued a joint letter in which they urge Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi to instruct state agencies regarding the rights of married same-sex couples. Dear Attorney General Bondi: As counsel for the Plaintiffs in Pareto v. Ruvin, we write to request that your office immediately advise all state agencies in …

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Equality Florida & NCLR To Clerks: You Are Compelled To Issue Marriage Licenses

Equality Florida and the National Center for Lesbian Rights today issued a joint memo to all 67 Florida county clerks. From the concluding paragraph: Florida county court clerks should follow Judge Hinkle’s ruling and issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples beginning January 6, 2015. The advice provided to the Clerks Association in legal memoranda from a private law firm is …

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BREAKING: 11th Circuit DENIES Request To Extend Stay On Florida Marriages

Read the denial. Suck it, Pam Bondi!

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FLORIDA: Lawmakers Introduce Sweeping LGBT Anti-Discrimination Bill

Via Equality Florida: Earlier today, Representative Holly Raschein (R- Key Largo) and Democratic Whip Senator Joseph Abruzzo (D- Boynton Beach) filed legislation in the Florida House and Senate respectively that would prohibit discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (LGBT) in employment, housing and public accommodations. Known as the Florida Competitive Workforce Act (FCWA), the legislation would amend Chapter …

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FLORIDA: AG Pam Bondi Files Marriage Ruling Appeal With Eleventh Circuit Court

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi tonight filed an appeal with the Eleventh Circuit Court of the August ruling in the ACLU / SAVE Dade suit that overturned that state’s ban on same-sex marriage.   On November 5th, US District Court Judge Robert Hinkle denied the request to immediately lift the stay on his ruling while the appeals process goes on. …

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FLORIDA: Edith Windsor Tells Gov. Rick Scott To Stop Fighting Same-Sex Marriage

Orlando’s Watermark has the transcript: “I am Edith S. Windsor, the plaintiff in Windsor v. United States, the case that won federal recognition of marriages for same-sex couples. The two extremely positive decisions in favor of marriage equality were Justice Jacobs’ decision in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Kennedy’s decision in the Supreme Court, both self-described conservatives. …

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FLORIDA: State Recognizes Same-Sex Marriage On Lesbian’s Death Certificate

Via Equality Florida: Florida also made history today as Arlene Goldberg and her late wife, Carol Goldwasser, officially became the first same-sex couple whose marriage is respected in the state. US District Court Judge Robert Hinkle ruled on August 21, 2014 that Florida’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples was unconstitutional and – despite a stay on his ruling –ordered …

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Equality Florida Launches “Don’t Appeal” Campaign To Governor Rick Scott

Via Equality Florida: On August 21, Judge Hinkle ruled Florida’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples unconstitutional and added Florida must also recognize legal marriages performed in other states. The judge immediately stayed the ruling pending appeal. But if the decision is not appealed by September 21, the marriage ban will fall on September 22! Judge Hinkle has stated that …

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FLORIDA: Appeals Court Kicks Marriage Case Upstairs To State Supreme Court

Apparently ignoring the directions of Attorney General Pam Bondi, a Florida state appeals court today asked the state Supreme Court to issue a ruling on marriage equality. Via Equality Florida: “This is what we’ve been asking for all along. We’re thrilled that the 2nd DCA agrees that marriage equality is an issue of such urgency and importance that it should …

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FLORIDA: Miami-Dade County Judge Strikes Down Marriage Ban, Stays Ruling

Via press release from the National Center for Lesbian Rights: Today, a state trial court in Miami issued a decision striking down Florida’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples and ordering Miami-Dade County to allow same-sex couples to marry. The court stayed the order pending appeal. The case was brought by Equality Florida Institute and Catherina Pareto and Karla Arguello, …

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LIVE VIDEO: Florida Marriage Trial

Liberty Counsel head Mat Staver is speaking at this writing. I must be getting my Florida cases mixed up because I could have sworn that Liberty Counsel was denied the right to be a party to this case. Watch the live stream. UPDATE: Equality Florida has tweeted that Staver was merely allowed to orally present his amicus brief, which seems …

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About To Start In Florida…

That’s National Center for Lesbian Rights attorney Shannon Minter seated in the red tie. They’re about to enter the courtroom as Florida’s first marriage equality case opens in Miami. Equality Florida will be live-tweeting the proceedings.

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FLORIDA: First Marriage Case Begins

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FLORIDA: Former Gov. Charlie Crist Files Pro-Gay Marriage Amicus Brief

Via Equality Florida: Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist has filed an amicus brief today in support of the marriage equality lawsuit Pareto v. Ruvin, which is set for a hearing on July 2 before Judge Sarah Zabel in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court in Miami. Judge Zabel will hear from attorneys who filed a lawsuit in January on behalf of …

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FLORIDA: Attorney General Seeks To Intervene In Two Marriage Lawsuits

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has filed motions to intervene on behalf of the state in marriage equality lawsuits filed against Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. Via Steve Rothaus at the Miami Herald: Allen Winsor, the state’s solicitor general, states in the motions filed in local courts that Florida has a legitimate interest in intervening in the cases since they represent …

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FLORIDA: Charlie Crist Endorsed By HRC, Vows To Bring Marriage To State

Former (and possibly future) Florida Gov. Charlie Crist was today endorsed by the Human Rights Campaign and Equality Florida. The above tweet links to his petition page: Love is love. Rick Scott has said marriage equality is a “non-issue.” Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi argued that recognizing same sex marriages performed in other states would “impose significant public harm.” Charlie …

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FLORIDA: AG Pam Bondi Asks Federal Court To Toss Out “Harmful” Marriage Suit

Via the Associated Press: The attorney general of Florida says in court documents that recognizing same sex marriages performed in other states would “impose significant public harm.” Attorney General Pam Bondi has filed a response that asks a federal judge to throw out the lawsuit. Bondi’s office says the state has a legitimate interest in defining a marriage as between …

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FLORIDA: Marriage Hearing Set For July

Via Equality Florida: Our Marriage Equality Lawsuit Hearing has been scheduled for July 2nd at 4pm in front of Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel. The suit is on behalf of six South Florida same-sex couples and the Equality Florida Institute challenging that Amendment 2 and other Florida laws banning marriage equality are unconstitutional. The initial lawsuit was filed in January, …

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