Tag Archives: Florida

Gay Couples Advance In NY, Oregon
Florida Haters Make Ballot

A state appellate court has ruled that all public and private employers in New York must now recognize same-sex couples legally married elsewhere. A New York appellate court ruled Friday that valid out-of-state marriages of same-sex couples must be legally recognized in New York, just as the law recognizes those of heterosexual couples solemnized elsewhere. Lawyers for both sides said ...

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ACLU Sues School Over Free Speech

On behalf of a 16 year-old named Heather Gillman, the ACLU is suing a Florida high school for suppression of free speech. This comes after school officials ruled that any declaration of support for gay rights, such as a rainbow sticker on a notebook or saying “I support gay people” were signs that the students belonged to a “secret/illegal organization.” ...

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Winter Party: Circuit Survivor

The ad for the Winter Party that appears on this and many other blogs this month has been nagging me to mention that despite the recent spate of stories about the dwindling of gay nightlife, the Winter Party Festival continues to thrive. This March will see the 15th annual Winter Party, an event I’ve attended more times than any other ...

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McCain, Clinton Win Florida

No surprises in Florida: MIAMI — Senator John McCain edged out Mitt Romney to win the delegate-rich Florida primary on Tuesday night, solidifying his transformation from left-for-dead candidate to a front-runner and dealing a devastating blow to the presidential hopes of Rudolph W. Giuliani, whose distant finish here threatened to doom his candidacy. Mr. McCain’s narrow victory showed he could ...

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Mr. HomoPhoboRoboto

John McCain’s campaign is homophobo-robo-calling Florida voters to put the fear of Jeebus in them regarding Mitt Romney’s former support for gay rights. The transcript of the call: “I’m calling with an urgent Mitt Romney [unintelligible]” “We care deeply about traditional values and protecting families. And we need someone who will not waver in the White House: Ending abortion, preserving ...

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The Last Day Of Giuliani

It’s good-bye Rudy Tuesday. After his expected trouncing in today’s Florida primary, Rudy Giuliani will likely endorse John McCain. Yesterday Giuliani gave autographed baseballs to the reporters covering his campaign as a good-bye gift. I got yer good-bye right here, you asshat.

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Here We ENDA Again

Equality Florida is asking legislators to not support a gay rights bill because it does not include gender identity protections. Gay political organizations are clashing over the best way to pass GLBT-friendly anti-discrimination bills through the Florida Legislature. The head butting is taking on strategic tones similar to those that emerged last year in the fight over the Employment Non-Discrimination ...

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Patty Sheehan Gifts Orlando Gay Center

Some happy news from my hometown: ORLANDO – When her lone opponent dropped out of the race, Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan was left sitting on a pile of campaign cash with no campaign to spend it on. The law allows candidates to distribute their unused contributions to charities of their choice. On Tuesday, Sheehan presented a check for $25,000, ...

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FL Gay Marriage Ban May Not Make Ballot

Whoa, not so fast there, haters. Organizers of the ballot measure to ban gay marriage in Florida claimed in November that they’d succeeded in raising the necessary signatures to force the issue to a statewide vote. Turns out, maybe they haven’t. A proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in Florida may not make it to voters this year, after ...

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And Now Fort Lauderdale

JMG reader Andy reports today that Coliseum, the last big gay dance club in Fort Lauderdale, has closed. The legendary Fort Lauderdale Copa closed after 30 years in 2005 due to damage from Hurricane Wilma. I think there may be one or two smaller gay places with dance floors still around, but they are 2am clubs, not one of the ...

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Julian Bond Joins Florida’s
Marriage Equality Fight

NAACP head Julian Bond has joined the fight against Florida’s coming statewide ballot on marriage equality. Julian Bond, an icon in the civil rights movement for nearly 50 years and longtime national Chairman of the NAACP, has stepped into a leadership role with the Fairness for All Families Campaign the statewide coalition effort to defeat the deceptively named “Florida Marriage ...

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Seven Year Old Beaten For Pink Nail Polish

Disgusting story in Orlando: A man was arrested on child abuse charges after he beat a 7-year-old boy with a belt because the child put pink fingernail polish on his own nails, according to Orange County sheriff’s deputies. Aundre Jermaine Hill, 25, was arrested on Saturday at about 5:19 p.m. after sheriff’s deputies responded to a home in reference to ...

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Gay Marriage Ban Makes Florida Ballot

Florida’s secretary of state announced yesterday that the anti-gay group Florida4Marriage has collected enough signatures to force their anti-gay marriage amendment onto the state ballot next year. Equality Florida and the ACLU will challenge the petition in court. Those opposing the amendment claim it could not only ban gay marriage but could repeal domestic partners benefits statewide, including those for ...

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Stop Scaring Ann Coulter!

Poor Ann Coulter is so upset by her hate mail that she has had her address removed from the public record in Palm Beach County, Florida. People who petition the county can have their homes removed from the property appraisers’ rolls if they can demonstrate they are the victims of stalking or harassment. Coulter, 45, has called Democratic presidential candidate ...

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The Naugle Effect

In an effort to stem public sex on the beach, officials in Martin County, Florida are considering installing “talking” motion-detecting surveillance cameras. Upon detecting movement, the cameras would flash a bright light and play a pre-recorded announcement that the area was under surveillance. Recording would begin 30 seconds later. Martin County arrested six men in an undercover beach sex sting ...

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Bob Allen Resigns

Disgraced Florida Republican legislator Bob Allen resigned late on Friday shortly after his conviction for soliciting tearoom sex from an undercover cop. Allen was sentenced to six months probation and must pay court costs and fines. The judge ordered Allen to undergo tests for HIV and STDs and to take a class on HIV awareness. He was also told to ...

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Bob Allen Convicted

Florida Republican legislator Bob Allen was convicted Friday of solicitation of an undercover officer. He faces 60 days in jail, a $500 fine, and will likely be immediately removed from the legislature. In July, Allen was arrested in a public park near Titusville, Florida after offering to pay an undercover cop $20 if Allen could blow him. After his arrest, ...

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Cloudy Times In Sunshine State

The anti-gay Florida4Marriage has gathered 597,000 signatures on a petition demanding that same-sex marriage be outlawed statewide. When they reach 610,000 signatures, an amendment to the state constitution will be placed on 2008 ballot. The amendment would need a 60% vote to pass, something polls indicate it would get. However: Gay marriage is already illegal in Florida, because it is ...

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Little Beach Littler

Tropical Storm Noel is causing waves to crash over Fort Lauderdale’s meager little sea wall, covering A1A with sand. There’s going to be significant erosion of LaDeDa’s already narrow beach. Up in Palm Beach County, beachfront structures are losing their foundations. But in the spring, the sand machines will dredge up some new beach somewhere. Still, it seems like the ...

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Fort Lauderdale Tops For Gay Tourism

In what a local guesthouse owner labeled “a bit of sweet revenge” for local activists, readers of Out Traveler have named Fort Lauderdale the top resort destination for gay vacationers. Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitor’s Bureau CEO Nicki Grossman, who was instrumental in the removal of anti-gay Mayor Jim Naugle from Broward County’s tourism board, said, “It’s a wonderful ...

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