Tag Archives: Florida

Matt Baume: Marriage News Watch

Clip recap: “Marriage is starting this week in Florida. So why are our opponents saying it’s not? We’ll take a look at what’s really going on, and how they’re still trying to stop the weddings. Also this week: oral argument in Louisiana could get pretty heated. Another Supreme Court conference. And some surprising polling.”

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FLORIDA: Father Tony Is On Call

Our own Tony Adams is standing by to perform Florida weddings this week. When marriage first came to New York, Tony was among the officiants on that glorious day in Central Park and he’s since officiated at numerous other weddings. See his Facebook page for contact details. The above image embiggens nicely. That’s me in the upper left photo from ...

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Jeb Bush On Florida Marriage

“It ought be a local decision. I mean, a state decision. The state decided. The people of the state decided. But it’s been overturned by the courts, I guess.” – Jeb Bush, speaking to the Miami Herald. More of his history on same-sex marriage: As governor, he was against same-sex marriage but wasn’t publicly enthusiastic about the successful 2008 campaign ...

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FLORIDA: Judge Might Allow Same-Sex Marriages Today In Miami-Dade County

Via the Miami Herald: In July, a state judge in Miami-Dade, Sarah Zabel, ruled Florida’s marriage amendment violated constitutional rights and ordered Miami-Dade to issue marriage licenses to six same-sex couples who had sued to marry. Like Hinkle, she stayed her own ruling to allow for appeals. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has vigorously defended Florida’s gay-marriage ban, appealing Zabel’s ...

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FLORIDA: Fourteen Counties Will End All Weddings Rather Than Serve Gays

Yesterday we thought the number was only five counties. Via the Tampa Bay Times: To comply with the judge’s ruling, clerks have said they will issue marriage licenses. But in recent weeks and months, the majority of clerks in the conservative Panhandle have chosen to stop performing courthouse weddings. Some said their offices were too cramped and they had too ...

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This Includes Florida

NOTE: I’ve swapped out the earlier incorrect tweet.

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Key West Bartenders Do The Paperwork

Aaron and Lee were the plaintiffs in the Monroe County case, the first of five consecutive wins in Florida. Their wedding will be live-streamed on Monday night and I’ll have that video here.

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FLORIDA: Osceola County Judge Tells Liberty Counsel That They Can Suck It

Osceola County Circuit Judge Leticia Marques today told the Liberty Counsel to suck it, dismissing the Florida Family Policy Council’s lawsuit against County Clerk Armando Ramirez, the state’s only county clerk who had vowed to officiate same-sex weddings despite contrary advice from the legal group that represents all Florida clerks. Per local news outlets, Marques ruled that the suit was ...

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FLORIDA: All 67 County Clerks Will Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses On Schedule

Via the Gainesville Sun: Clerks around the state had a lengthy conference call late Friday morning, in which they were told that U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle had clarified his Washington County ruling to mean that county clerks should issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples or risk being sued. All of the state’s clerks have said they will issue licenses, ...

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Seven Central Florida Counties: We’ll Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses On Schedule

According to a survey conducted today by Orlando’s CBS affiliate, seven Central Florida county clerks say they will be issuing same-sex marriage licenses on schedule when the stay dissolves. Osceola County Clerk Armando Ramirez, the renegade for equality in this ridiculous saga, is sticking to his original plan to open his office at midnight on Monday. Ramirez was the sole ...

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John Stemberger Has The Florida Sadz

“Judge Hinkle’s ruling is being widely misinterpreted. It clearly says that only the clerk Washington County is required to issue a marriage license and only to the two persons in that case. Judge Hinkle has no jurisdiction outside of the Northern District of Florida to bind any clerk outside of North Florida. Clerks outside of North Florida are required to ...

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FLORIDA: Attorney General Pam Bondi Reacts To Ruling In Typical Fashion

“This office has sought to minimize confusion and uncertainty, and we are glad the Court has provided additional guidance. My office will not stand in the way as clerks of court determine how to proceed.” – Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, is a statement issued tonight in reaction to the ruling issued today by federal Judge Robert Hinkle. Bondi’s statement ...

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BREAKING: Federal Judge Rules All Florida Clerks Must Issue Marriage Licenses

The above tweet is from Orlando’s CBS affiliate and has been confirmed by the Miami Herald. I’ll update this post shortly with more information, but we can presume the ruling is from Judge Robert Hinkle, the thorn in Pam Bondi’s side. UPDATE: From the Miami Herald. U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle ruled New Years Day that all Florida clerks ...

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FLORIDA: Three County Clerks To End All Weddings Rather Than Serve Gays

Three northeast Florida county clerks have jointly decided to end all courthouse weddings rather than perform ceremonies for same-sex couples. Via the Florida Times-Union: If same-sex marriage is allowed across the state, Duval Clerk of Courts Ronnie Fussell, Clay Clerk Tara Green and Baker Clerk Stacie Harvey will have no choice but to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. But ...

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FLORIDA: State Judge Orders Orange County Clerk To Issue Marriage Licenses

Via the Orlando Sentinel: A judge today cleared the way for Orange County Clerk Tiffany Moore Russell [photo] to issue marriage licenses next week to same-sex couples. That ruling, by Circuit Judge Tim Shea, appears to mean that gay and lesbian couples will be able to get married at the Orange County courthouse on Jan. 6, the first day that ...

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FLORIDA: Liberty Counsel Sues To Prevent Officials From Marrying Gay Couples

Local hater John Stemberger is at it again with help from the Orlando-based Liberty Counsel. Via CBS Miami: With Florida’s gay marriage ban scheduled to be lifted on January 6th, a conservative group is trying to put the brakes on the plan. The Florida Family Action Inc. filed two lawsuits Tuesday, asking a judge to prevent the officials from either ...

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FLORIDA: Grocery Giant Publix Expands Spousal Benefits To Same-Sex Couples

Via Equality Florida: Publix has announced that starting on January 1, 2015, they will be expanding benefits to legally married same-sex couples. “Publix is expanding spouse coverage for its health, dental and vision benefits plans to associates who are married in any state where same-sex marriages are legal, regardless of the associates’ state of residence. Publix’s benefits plans offer coverage ...

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FLORIDA: City Of Fort Lauderdale Plans Beach Wedding For 100 Gay Couples

Via the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel: The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau plans to invite at least 100 couples from around the country and around the world to marry oceanside in a common ceremony sometime this winter, said Nicki Grossman, president of the Broward County tourism group in an interview. The 100 number also will honor Broward’s 100th birthday ...

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HomoQuotable – Robert Oscar Lopez

“With unforeseen success has come, unfortunately, a lot of challenges for which I was not prepared. Due to some of these challenges, and in the interest of protecting contributors and correspondents, we have had to take down and archive the 2,000 posts that were published here; we have warehoused them somewhere safe but cannot leave them as open-source resources to ...

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BREAKING: Florida AG Pam Bondi Punts On Demand For Ruling Clarification, Says Judge Should Decide Scope Of Order

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has just filed. Pursuant to this Court’s December 24, 2014, order requiring a response, the Secretary of the Florida Department of Management Services (the “DMS Secretary”) responds to the Washington County Clerk of Court’s Emergency Motion for Clarification, DE 99. This Court is best situated to determine the reach of its own order. If the ...

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