Tag Archives: Monroe County

LIVE VIDEO: Winning Monroe County (Key West) Plaintiffs Aaron & Lee Get Married

Key West bartenders Aaron Huntsman and William “Lee” Jones, the winning plaintiffs in Monroe County’s marriage suit, will be getting married at midnight when the stay issued by federal Judge Robert Hinkle expires statewide. Earlier today Circuit Judge Luis Garcia lifted the stay on his Monroe County ruling, also effective at midnight. Watch the festivities live below. Other Key West ...

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Key West Bartenders Celebrate!

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Key West Winners

William Jones (left) and Aaron Huntsman are the Key West bartenders whose marriage equality lawsuit against Monroe County was the first of five wins in Florida, earning them grand marshal titles in this year’s Fantasy Fest Parade, the first “political” selection in the event’s history. Jones and Huntsman dropped in at the Island House this afternoon for an interview with ...

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FLORIDA: AG Pam Bondi Tells State Appeals Court To Hold Off Until SCOTUS Rules On Same-Same Marriage

Filing separate motions in both the Monroe County and Miami-Dade County cases, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has asked a state appeals court to continue those counties’ stays on marriage ban overturn rulings until the US Supreme Court rules on one of the cases already presented to it. “Neither this Court nor the Florida Supreme Court can decide this federal ...

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FLORIDA: Key West Marriage Plaintiffs Ask To Move Case To State Supreme Court

The two Key West bartenders who two weeks ago won their marriage lawsuit in a Monroe County court are petitioning to have their case heard by the Florida Supreme Court. Via the Miami Herald: On July 17, Monroe Chief Circuit Judge Luis Garcia declared Florida’s 2008 gay-marriage ban unconstitutional, ruling against Bondi, whose office defended the ban. Huntsman and Jones ...

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FLORIDA: Motion To Lift Stay On Monroe County Same-Sex Marriages Is Denied

In a ruling that only applies in Florida’s Monroe County, last week a county circuit judge overturned the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Yesterday that same judge refused to lift his stay on the ruling and allow marriages in the Keys to commence today. In the emergency motion, the couple’s attorney argued gay couples should be allowed to marry ...

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BREAKING: Florida County Judge Rules Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

Via the Associated Press: A judge in the Florida Keys has overturned the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage after a legal challenge by six gay couples said it effectively made them second-class citizens. The ruling was issued Thursday by Circuit Judge Luis M. Garcia and applies only to Monroe County, which covers the Keys. The lawsuit contended that the ...

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At Florida’s Marriage Hearing

The Miami Herald has posted the below report on yesterday’s hearing of the marriage lawsuit filed by two Key West bartenders against the Monroe County Clerk. The plaintiffs and hate group leader Mat Staver appear in the clip.

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