Tag Archives: Florida

FL Gets Bill To Overturn Adoption Ban

As Florida awaits an appeals court ruling that may legalize gay adoption, state Sen. Nan Rich (D-Weston) is doing an end run around the court. Rich, who is co-chair of the Senate Children & Families Committee, has filed a bill to repeal the 1977 Florida law that prohibits gay men and lesbians from adopting children. A second bill would specify …

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FL: Gainesville To Vote On LGBT Rights Repeal

Gainesville, the bustling Central Florida town that is home to the massive University Of Florida campus, will next month vote on a repeal of that city’s LGBT rights ordinances. Christianist activists there have placed an amendment on the ballot that will make it legal to fire, not hire, and deny housing to LGBT people. Charter Amendment One, if approved, would …

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“I Am A Homosexual” – Check Yes Or No

Over at Daily Kos, a straight woman is flabbergasted by the adoption form sent to her by the state of Florida. As I am a straight, married woman, and my husband is a straight, married man, it never occurred to either of us that–after the volumes of paperwork we had to complete as a couple, the copies of marriage certificates …

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Openly Gay Mayor Of North Miami To Run For U.S. Senate In 2010

Kevin Burns, the openly gay mayor of North Miami, is set to announce his candidacy for the U.S. Senate in 2010. North Miami Mayor Kevin Burns will become the third Florida Democrat to join the race for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Republican Mel Martinez, according to local television stations. Burns, North Miami’s first openly gay mayor, is …

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Another Gay-Straight Club Suit In Florida

Two high school students in Jacksonville, Florida are being backed by the ACLU in their lawsuit to establish a gay-straight club. The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida filed the suit Tuesday in federal court on behalf of Yulee High School students Hannah Page, a freshman, and Jacob Brock, a junior. The lawsuit claims violations of the First Amendment and …

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Quote Of The Day

Speaking to a Florida audience yesterday, Barack Obama compared the state of the economy to a burning house and said this about Florida Gov. Charlie “Closet Case” Crist: “Everybody needs to grab a hose and that is what Charlie Crist is doing here today.” Crist responded by demonstrating his preferred hose size.

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Anti-Gay Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jim Naugle Replaced By Gay-Friendly Jack Seiler

The long and horrible 18-year reign of Fort Lauderdale’s virulently anti-gay Mayor Jim “Robo-Potty” Naugle ended yesterday when he was term-limited out of office. Replacing Naugle will be former Florida state Rep. Jack Seiler (D), 46, (left) who easily beat two openly gay candidates, businessman Earl Rynerson and lawyer Dean Trantalis. Seilor was opposed by the gay political group Dolphin …

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Ashes, Part 2

Continued from last week’s reposting of Ashes, Part 1. When Gary died, we scattered his ashes into the Gulf Of Mexico off Pass-A-Grill beach. That was the gay section of the beach in St. Petersburg and Gary had stipulated that we release his ashes in that place where he’d spent so many languorous afternoons with his best friends. Then we …

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AFA Goes After Sordid Lives

Via WickedGayBlog we learn that the Florida chapter of the American Family Association is calling for an advertiser boycott of one of my favorite shows, LOGO’s Sordid Lives. From a Christian newswire press release: A pro-family activist says LOGO, an advertiser-supported homosexual cable channel owned by MTV, is taking another shot at Christians. David Caton of Florida Family Association is …

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FL: Trans Rights Under Attack

A year old transgender rights ordinance in college-town Gainesville, Florida is under attack by right-wingers who are attempting to repeal trans protections via a March ballot measure. And typically, they are using the old “scary pervert in the restroom” ploy to terrify voters. A blond girl heads from a playground into a women’s restroom. A scruffy man, lurking outside, darts …

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Xmas In Central Florida

I think this video pretty much says it all – a prog-rock version of O’ Little Town Of Bethlehem set to 40,000 computerized Xmas lights. More videos here, including a freestyle version of Jingle Bell Rock.

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She Hung Up On Obama, Twice

Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R) hung up on Barack Obama twice yesterday, believing him to be a radio station prankster. When a man sounding remarkably like President-elect Barack Obama called a Florida congresswoman Wednesday, she assumed it was a crank call. So Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen hung up. But, the Miami Herald reports, this was no prank. “I thought it …

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Jeb Bush In The Senate?

Dubya’s brother Jeb is considering running for the U.S. Senate, but he may have to contend with the current Florida governor for that job. Two sources close to Jeb Bush, including one who has spoken to the former Florida governor within the past few hours, say he is seriously considering a run for Senate now that incumbent Republican Mel Martinez …

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Homos To Crash Wedding Of Florida Gov. Charlie Crist And His Beard-To-Be

Pure deliciousness: Gay rights activists plan to demonstrate outside Gov. Charlie Crist’s wedding to Carole Rome this month. The group Impact-Florida has called on its members to gather in pink T-shirts outside First United Methodist Church of St. Petersburg on Dec.12 to “congratulate” Crist and Rome while their wedding takes place inside. The demonstration will continue outside the wedding reception …

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The Happy Couple Is Registered At Closets-To-Go

The wedding invitations have gone out for Florida Gov. Charlie “Closet Case” Crist and his beard-to-be. Invitations to Gov. Charlie Crist’s upcoming nuptials are in the mail, and the guest list to the Dec. 12 event has become a source of chatter around the state. The cream and pale pink invitations to Crist and fiancee Carole Rome’s ceremony at First …

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FL Judge Finds Ban On Gay Adoption Unconstitutional

UPDATE: I’ve deleted the previous post in this space with this excellent news. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Cindy Lederman Tuesday declared Florida’s 50-year-old ban on gay adoptions unconstitutional — a ruling state lawyers immediately said they would challenge. The ruling sets the stage for Frank Gill, a gay man from North Miami, to adopt two foster children he has raised since …

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Anti-Gay Measures Win In FL, AZ, AR

Via Box Turtle Bulletin:Arizona: Proposition 102: (Marriage Amendment)Yes: 1,008,420 (56%) – Projected winnerNo: 776,896 (44%)92% of precincts reporting. Arkansas: Initiative 1 (Gay Adoption Ban)Yes: 544,197 (57%) – Projected winnerNo: 544,197 (43%)90% of precincts reporting. Florida: Amendment 2: (Marriage Amendment)Yes: 4,632,316 (62%) – Projected winnerNo: 2,832,236 (38%)98% of precincts reporting.* The Florida constitution requires 60% for an amendment to pass.

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Lesbian Huffington Post Columnist Dead In Florida Murder-Suicide

Carol Anne Burger, 57, an openly lesbian columnist for the Huffington Post, murdered her ex-partner by stabbing her 222 times with a screwdriver and then committed suicide by shooting herself in the head on Friday. The murder occurred two days earlier and it was initially presumed that had Burger killed herself out of sorrow, but yesterday Florida police concluded that …

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Charlie Crist Blows Florida

Florida Gov. Charlie “Closet Case” Crist must be really pissed that he went through all the trouble of getting engaged to a Vajayjay-American, only to not get picked as McCain’s VP. Florida Governor Charlie Crist, to the shock and dismay of Florida Republicans, just moved to extend early voting hours, a move likely to widen the Democrats’ lead under a …

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