Tag Archives: Florida

FLORIDA: White House Sends Wedding Congratulations To Key West Bartenders

Key West bartenders Aaron Huntsman and Lee Jones were the first winning plaintiffs in several marriage equality lawsuits that ultimately resulted in their being the first gay couple to marry in Monroe County. That ceremony was carried live by Florida television stations and was live-streamed here on JMG.

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FLORIDA: Gay Man Refuses Jury Duty While Courthouse Refuses Gay Weddings

Jacksonville resident Chuck Chapman, 63, appeared  for jury duty this week but told the judge that he will refuse to serve as long as Duval County officials refuse to conduct same-sex marriage ceremonies at the courthouse. After a federal court ruled Florida’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional, Duval County Clerk of Court Ronnie Fussell said his office would comply with the …

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FLORIDA: City Of Fort Lauderdale Hosts Mass Sunrise Wedding For 100 Couples

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau this morning hosted a sunrise wedding ceremony for over 100 same-sex couples. The nuptials had been slated to take place on the beach, but a torrential rainstorm moved the festivities across the street to the cosponsoring W Hotel, where the staff was standing by and already set up. Lance Bass, whose own …

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Eleventh Circuit Puts Florida & Alabama Appeals On Hold Until SCOTUS Rules

Equality Case Files has the orders.

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Florida Hater Still Has The Sadz

Stemberger once declared that same-sex marriage was a fight “worth dying” over, but instead he’s just going to continue his impotent whinging. From the poll he cites: Saint PetersBlog commissioned St. Pete Polls to look at same-sex marriage in a poll which was released on Tuesday. The poll finds 39 percent of Florida voters consider the legalization of same-sex marriage …

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FLORIDA: State Supreme Court To Define “Sexual Intercourse” Between Gay People

Via the Associated Press: The Florida Supreme Court will consider the definition of sexual intercourse in a case involving a gay man charged with not letting a partner know he was HIV-positive. A lawyer for Gary Debaun is trying to have a charge dismissed under a 1986 law designed to prevent the spread of the human immunodeficiency virus. The law …

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Bondi: No Marriage Brief To SCOTUS

Via the Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Although she continues to defend Florida’s ban on same-sex marriages, Attorney General Pam Bondi will not be filing a brief in the U.S. Supreme Court case that is likely to settle the issue of gay marriage in the nation. This week, Bondi told reporters and editors gathered at the Associated Press’ legislative planning session this week …

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Tweet Of The Day II: John Stemberger

You’ll recall that Stemberger had stompy-feet meldowns over gay marriage coming to his home state after vowing that it was an issue “worth dying for.” (Tipped by JMG reader Erik)

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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

Details.

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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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