Tag Archives: Florida

Matt Baume: Marriage News Watch

Clip recap: Wisconsin’s marriage ban is unconstitutional. There’ve been more big defeats for the National Organization for Marriage. Utah officials resist a ruling that they must recognize the marriage licenses that the state issued to gay and lesbian couples last winter. And Pennsylvania voters show their support for the freedom to marry.

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FLORIDA: Hate Group Now Praises Attorney General They Once Slut-Shamed

Some history from the Orlando Sentinel: Four years ago, Pam Bondi was under attack. Among her alleged sins: She had gotten two divorces. She had a live-in boyfriend. And she’d never birthed any children. Obviously these things were a big deal … to those who long for the 1800s. So the finger-waggers at the Florida Family Policy Council — a ...

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This Is Your Final Warning

As it has done for several years, this weekend the Florida Family Association will fly anti-gay banner planes over the Magic Kingdom.

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Perkins Cheers Florida AG Pam Bondi

“If you’re looking for political leadership, skip the White House and head straight for Florida. There, Attorney General Pam Bondi is more than making up for the vacuum of courage in D.C. and governor’s mansions across the country with a powerful defense of democracy. Florida’s chief law enforcer seems to have a better grasp on her job than the man ...

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FLORIDA: Backlash Grows Against AG Pam Bondi For Supporting Marriage Ban

Last week Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi filed a motion to dismiss one of her state’s marriage equality lawsuits, saying that same-sex marriage would be “harmful” to the state. Several major newspapers have since reacted with commentaries blasting her position.  From the Miami Herald: All adults should have the right to marry and divorce as they see fit. That’s why, ...

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Matt Baume: Marriage News Watch

Clip recap: Marriage finally comes to Illinois, months after the state passed a marriage equality bill. Numerous state schedule marriage case milestones for this summer. The Attorney General of Florida insists that a marriage ban is necessary but can’t explain why. And the US Supreme Court will take a look at marriage in Oregon this week.

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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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Supreme Court Imposes IQ Cutoff Point For Death Penalty In 5-4 Ruling

In a 5-4 ruling, Supreme Court today imposed an IQ cutoff point for the 32 states that still perform executions. The Supreme Court made it more difficult Tuesday for states to impose the death penalty on prisoners who claim an intellectual disability, marking the first time it has fine-tuned a landmark 2002 decision barring executions of the mentally retarded. The ...

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HomoQuotable – Pete Werner

“I don’t care if you’re straight or gay, there are some things kids don’t need to see – and trust me, two queens frenching outside Cinderella castle is really high on that list. I can’t help but think of, and feel sorry for – the unsuspecting family who saved for years for a once in a lifetime trip – only ...

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FLORIDA: State Rep Says Standardized Testing Is Meant To Turn Kids Gay

Florida’s Commission of Education yesterday denounced a GOP state legislator who claims that standardized testing is designed to turn students gay. Via the Associated Press: American Institutes for Research is administering new statewide tests for students in Florida. The testing aligns with the nationwide Common Core standards that some states have accepted while others have rejected. Republican Rep. Charles Van ...

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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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Charlie Crist: I Left The GOP Because They Are Racist And Anti-Gay

Politico recaps the interview below: “I couldn’t be consistent with myself and my core beliefs, and stay with a party that was so unfriendly toward the African-American president, I’ll just go there,” Crist said Tuesday on Fusion’s “America with Jorge Ramos.” “I was a Republican, and I saw the activists and what they were doing; it was intolerable to me.” ...

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FLORIDA: Crackpot Seeks To Intervene In Gay Marriage Case So He Can Marry His “Porn Filled Apple Computer”

Remember the guy who sued Apple last year because his computer didn’t block him from accessing the porn which ruined his marriage? He’s back. Via the Broward New Times: Enter Chris Sevier, “a former Judge Advocate and combat veteran” who filed a motion to intervene on the Florida gay marriage case on behalf of “other minority sexual orientation groups.” In ...

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FLORIDA: Majority Support Marriage

From a new Quinnipiac poll: Florida voters support 56 – 39 percent allowing same-sex couples to marry, with 57 – 39 percent support among women and 55 – 40 percent backing among men. Support is 65 – 31 percent among Democrats and 64 – 30 percent among independent voters, with Republicans opposed 64 – 32 percent. Every age group supports ...

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FLORIDA: Dem Lawmaker Mocks NRA With Zombie Apocalypse Amendment

Democratic Florida state Sen. Dwight Bullard is attempting to thwart an NRA-backed and vaguely worded bill that would grant the right to carry concealed firearms during declared states of emergency. Bullard has submitted an amendment would retitle the bill as the Zombie Apocalypse Act. Senate Bill 296, which Bullard proposes to amend, would allow Florida gun owners without the proper ...

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FLORIDA: Liberty Counsel Denied Motion To Intervene In Same-Sex Marriage Suits

The Liberty Counsel has been denied in their motion to intervene in two of Florida’s same-sex marriage lawsuits, one of which was filed by the ACLU. U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle on Thursday denied the request by the Florida Family Policy Council, which is seeking to preserve the constitutional ban, but said the group could file amicus briefs on ...

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At Miami Beach Pride 2014

Miami Beach’s sixth annual LGBT Pride parade took place yesterday on South Beach’s Ocean Drive with Grand Marshal Gloria Estefan, who appears at 2:30 in this clip.

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Orlando Mayor: I Hope Our City Is The First In Florida To Host A Gay Wedding

“Diversity is our greatest strength and a vibrant, welcoming community attracts the kind of industries and talent our cities need. That’s why we were one of the first cities in Florida to adopt a domestic partner registry, and now we have more than 1,200 couples registered. I hope that one day we are the city that hosts the state’s first ...

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Matt Baume: Marriage News Watch

Clip recap: “Anti-gay groups are getting desperate, with one candidate for governor comparing marriage equality to murder. An Alabama scheme to slip a marriage ban into the US Constitution is moving forward but is pretty much guaranteed to fail. A judge in Ohio rules that marriage equality isn’t only for dead people anymore. Plus, a major marriage victory in Utah ...

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FLORIDA: Fourth Marriage Lawsuit Filed

Florida’s fourth marriage equality lawsuit was filed today against a panhandle county clerk. The debate over same-sex marriage is making its mark locally with the filing of a lawsuit against Washington County Interim Clerk of Court Harold Bazzel after his office refused to issue a marriage license for a local gay couple. “We followed the law,” said Bazzel. “The statute ...

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