Tag Archives: Florida

Matt Baume: Marriage News Watch

Clip recap: “There’s a big fight underway right now in Alabama, with a Judge overturning a marriage ban and state officials refusing to obey his order to issue licenses. Anti-gay politicians are threatening to ban all marriage licenses if the Supreme Court rules in favor of equality. And one lawmaker even wants to send clerks to jail if they issue ...

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Here Is The Tea Party’s SOTU Response

Via The Hill: Rep. Curt Clawson (R-Fla.) offered a sunny take on conservative values during the Tea Party State of the Union response, focusing more on the positives than some of his predecessors while taking fewer shots at President Obama. Clawson, a businessman and former college basketball star who won a special election last year, framed the Tea Party as ...

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TONIGHT: Married Florida Couple To Attend State Of The Union Address

Via Equality Florida: Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) has invited newlyweds Todd and Jeff Delmay to accompany her to Washington, D.C. for President Obama’s State of the Union Address on Tuesday, January 20. Residents of Hollywood, Florida, Todd and Jeff were the second couple in Florida to marry on January 5th when Judge Sarah Zabel lifted her stay on same-sex ...

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FLORIDA: Mario Lopez Named Grand Marshal Of Miami Beach Pride 2015

Via press release: Emmy Award winning host of the popular nationally syndicated entertainment program Extra, Mario Lopez will preside over the 2015 Miami Beach Gay Pride parade and festival as Grand Marshal, announced Mark Fernandes, chair of the Pride Board. As Grand Marshal, Lopez will lead the enthusiastic and colorful parade that is expected to draw more than 100,000 spectators ...

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Matt Baume: Marriage News Watch

“Florida has finally legalized driving while gay. Bills to discriminate against gay couples are rapidly multiplying in Texas. And multiple states are still wasting hundreds of thousands of dollars to try to reverse marriage equality.”

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In Dog We Trust

So this happened in Florida: A rug has been removed from a sheriff’s office in Florida after it was noticed that it read “in dog we trust” instead of “in God we trust”. The $500 mat lay at the entrance to the office in Pinellas County for two months before someone noticed, a spokeswoman said. The error was made by ...

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FLORIDA: Victory For Married Couple Denied Name Change On Driver’s Licenses

Via the Orlando Sentinel: Two gay men from Brevard County who sued the state for refusing to honor their out-of-state marriage and change their names on the driver’s licenses on Tuesday won a victory. Scott Wall-DeSousa and Daniel Wall-DeSousa walked out of the Brevard County Tax Collector’s office in Palm Bay with new driver’s licenses, each bearing their new hyphenated ...

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Matt Baume: Marriage News Watch

Clip recap: “It’s been a huge week for marriage equality. Florida became the 36th state with the freedom to marry, judges in three southern states heard oral arguments, and the Supreme Court considered cases from five states. Plus a lawmaker in Texas is wasting everyone’s time with a new anti-gay law that would make life difficult for everyone.”

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Zimmerman Arrested Again

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Perkins Praises Rubio On Florida Marriage

“Some Republicans try so hard to be popular that they forget to be principled. The real leaders of the GOP are proving you can be both. While some conservatives duck down and hope their social positions won’t be noticed, Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) proudly defends the values of his party — and the values of the majority of most Americans. ...

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FLORIDA: State Agencies Fall In Line

Via the Miami Herald: Among the first tangible signs that Florida government has accepted that gay couples can be legally married: Same-sex spouses of state employees are now eligible for state coverage for health insurance and retirement benefits. “Employees whose marriages will be legally recognized in Florida as of Jan. 6, 2015, have a qualifying status change event window between ...

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Sen. Marco Rubio Has The Florida Sadz

“If they wanted to change that law, they should have gone to the legislature or back to the Constitution and try to change it. I don’t agree we should be trying to make those changes through the courts. While I believe that marriage should be between one man and one woman, while people want to change that law – and ...

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FLORIDA: 1000 Licenses On First Day

Via the Associated Press: Almost 1,000 gay and lesbian couples were issued marriage licenses in Florida’s 10 most-populous counties during the first two days a ban on same-sex marriage was lifted. A survey conducted Wednesday by The Associated Press shows the Florida clerks of court had issued 953 licenses to same-sex couple, as of Tuesday evening in the state’s largest ...

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FLORIDA: AG Pam Bondi Dodges Questions On Dropping Same-Sex Marriage Appeal

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi was sworn in to her second term yesterday after which reporters mobbed her on the steps of the state Capitol Building to grill her about the lifting of the ban on same-sex marriage. Bondi twice said she sends her “best wishes” to newly married couples, but dodged questions about dropping her appeal to the Eleventh ...

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Quote Of The Day: Bishop Robert Lynch

“I do not wish to lend our voice to notions which might suggest that same-sex couples are a threat incapable of sharing relationships marked by love and holiness and, thus, incapable of contributing to the edification of both the church and the wider society. In the midst of changing societal definitions and understandings of marriage, there may no doubt be ...

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Editorial Of The Day

From the editorial board of the New York Times: Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor and marriage-equality opponent who may make a run for the Republican presidential nomination, reiterated his longstanding belief that the decision on whether to allow same-sex marriages should be left to the states. In 2008, during his tenure as governor, Florida voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot ...

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Liberty Counsel Has The Florida Sadz

“As a result of the purposeful misinterpretation of Judge Hinkle’s now infamous ‘clarification’ in the federal case Brenner v. Scott, clerks of court throughout Florida began today issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, disregarding their oaths to uphold the Florida Constitution. And despite appeals of Judge Hinkle’s ruling and the state court marriage cases waiting to be heard, Florida Circuit ...

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Miami Archdiocese: If You Say You Back Gay Marriage, You Will Be Terminated

Via Miami’s NBC affiliate: The Archdiocese of Miami is warning employees that they could be fired for any conduct that is “inconsistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church” in the wake of the start of same-sex marriages in Florida. The letter, from Archbishop Thomas Wenski, told employees that “because of the Church’s particular function in society, certain conduct, inconsistent ...

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Brian Brown Has The Florida Sadz

“It is simply illegitimate for the opinion of a federal district judge to trump the decision of millions of Floridians and attempt to redefine marriage in violation of Federal law. Federal judges are acting as if the US Supreme Court has ordered same-sex marriage to be imposed, but in reality the Court has ruled that states have the right to ...

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