Tag Archives: Florida

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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Child Molester Charged With Ten Counts Of Attempted Murder After Setting Fire To Home Because Lesbians Don’t Deserve To Have Children

Miami police have arrested a 74 year-old registered sex offender and charged him with ten counts of attempted murder for trying to burn down the home of a lesbian couple and their eight children. The suspect told police that he is repulsed by the couple and that they don’t deserve to have children. 73-year-old Braulio Valenzuela intended to burn down ...

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FLORIDA: Key West Bartender Couple Files Marriage Equality Lawsuit

Two bartenders at Key West’s popular 801 Bourbon Bar have filed a marriage equality lawsuit against the office of the Monroe County Clerk after being refused a marriage license. Via Steve Rothaus at the Miami Herald: “We want the right,” said Aaron Huntsman, 43, who has been partnered for more than a decade with William Lee Jones, 42. Huntsman and ...

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GOP Christian Warrior By Day, BD/SM Vampire Rape Role Player By Night

Florida newspapers are going nuts about Jacob Rush, a conservative Christian, former sheriff’s deputy and “straight shooter” who is running for the US House. Rush’s campaign to unseat Tea Party freshman Rep. Ted Yoho is in turmoil after a Yoho supporter tipped the local media about Rush’s hobby as a live-action role player in scenarios that include vampires, BD/SM, and ...

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Christian Persecution Marketing 101

Todd Starnes writes for Fox News: A Florida school district is giving teachers a refresher course on religious liberty after the parents of a five-year-old kindergarten student said a teacher told their daughter that she was not allowed to pray before eating her lunch time meal. Marcos Perez, of Oviedo, Fla., said the incident occurred earlier this month in the ...

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Florida Road Rage Karma

Mediaite lays the scene: A Florida driver with a serious case of road rage got what was coming to him, as captured in a video by the person he was tailgating. The driver in front couldn’t switch lanes and the weather was too bad for her to risk speeding, and yet the a-hole behind her was tailgating her as if ...

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FLORIDA: Jury Bias Investigated Over Gay Man Convicted Of DUI Manslaughter

A Broward County jury yesterday found a gay man guilty of DUI manslaughter for a 2010 crash that killed a member of the Miami Heat dance team. However the judge let the man go home with his partner after the verdict while a mistrial motion is considered over possible anti-gay bias on the part of the jury. Mario Careaga, 46, ...

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TRAILER: The Day It Snowed In Miami

Especially relevant in light of today’s passing of former Florida Gov. Reubin Askew, coming soon to PBS is a documentary about Anita Bryant and Miami’s famed battle for LGBT rights. The film premiered last week in Miami Beach. For those too young, some back story: As promotion of civil rights for African Americans, women and other disadvantaged groups expanded, a ...

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FLORIDA: Former Gov. Reubin Askew, Ally To Anita Bryant, Dies At Age 85

Former Democratic Florida Gov. Reubin Askew, who supported Anita Bryant’s campaign to ban gay schoolteachers and who in 1977 signed Florida’s statutory ban on same-sex marriage and gay adoption, has died of pneumonia at the age 85. Despite his opposition to LGBT rights and his other conservative positions, the New York Times today hails Askew as a progressive for his ...

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FLORIDA: ACLU Files Suit Demanding Out-Of-State Gay Marriage Recognition

Via press release: The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Florida have filed a lawsuit in federal court on behalf of eight same-sex couples and SAVE, an LGBT rights organization based in South Florida, challenging the state’s refusal to recognize the couples’ marriages, which were performed in other states and recognized by the federal government. One of the ...

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Matt Baume: Marriage News Watch

Clip recap: Two more polls show public support for marriage equality at a historic high — and our opponents at a historic low. Marriages are happening early in Illinois, we have new lawsuits in Florida and Wyoming, and Kentucky’s Attorney General takes a stand against the state’s marriage ban. A day late because Matt spoke at SXSW yesterday.

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Disney World Cuts Ties To Boy Scouts

Josh Israel has the story over at Think Progress: Walt Disney World became the latest business entity to end its support of Boy Scouts of America over its continued refusal to end its ban on openly-LGBT adults. As a result, the Florida theme park will no longer help fund local Scout units in support of employees’ volunteer work. While the ...

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FLORIDA: Liberty Counsel Files Motion To Intervene In Marriage Equality Suit

Last month six Florida gay couples filed a lawsuit against that state’s Amendment 2, the constitutional ban on same-sex marriage approved by voters in 2008.  Yesterday the Liberty Counsel, which authored Amendment 2, filed a motion to intervene in the lawsuit. Via press release: Mathew and Anita Staver, Liberty Counsel’s Chairman and President, respectively, drafted Amendment 2 and successfully defended ...

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Today’s Dear Abby Column

Pauline Phillips, the original “Abigail Van Buren,” died last year at the age of 94.  Here is today’s advice from her daughter Jeanne Phillips, who has written the column since 2002. DEAR ABBY: My husband and I relocated to Florida a little over a year ago and were quickly welcomed into our new neighbors’ social whirl. Two couples in the ...

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