With same-sex marriage on the brink of being legalized in Florida or getting forever mired in litigation, advocates and gay rights groups have been using news releases and the media to call on Gov. Rick Scott to lift the ban. But now one same-sex couple is going directly to the governor in the form ... More >>
In August, U.S. District Court Judge Robert Hinkle ruled on Grimsley and Albu v. Scott that Florida's ban on marriage for same-sex couples was unconstitutional and, despite a stay on his ruling, ordered the State of Florida to issue a new death certificate for Carol Goldwasser, naming Arlene Goldber ... More >>
Yesterday, the nine justices of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) declined to hear any of the federal cases pending before them regarding state bans on same-sex marriage. By not taking up the cases, SCOTUS allows the lower district court decisions to stand, meaning same-sex couples in ... More >>
On Monday, the United States Supreme Court rejected five states looking to keep same-sex marriages illegal, which means Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin can immediately join the other states that recognize same-sex unions. Moreover, same-sex couples living in Colorado, Kansas, North ... More >>
The Board of Directors for the Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce (FLCC) last week approved a resolution in support of marriage equality. The FLCC, the largest organization of companies in Broward County, with more than 1,400 member businesses, has chosen to support same-sex marriage as a way to at ... More >>
It had appeared as if maybe she wouldn't, but late Thursday afternoon Florida state Attorney General Pam Bondi filed an appeal notice on behalf of Surgeon General Dr. John H. Armstrong, Secretary of Management Services Craig J. Nichols, and Washington County Clerk of Court Harold Bazzell. On August ... More >>
Same-sex marriages could become legal in Florida as soon as September 22, thanks to a 33-page ruling by U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle last week. That is, if Rick Scott doesn't file an appeal to stop it. Gay rights advocates, including Rand Hoch, Florida's first openly gay judge, have alread ... More >>
According to Equality Florida, one of the state's leading LGBT rights organizations, same-sex marriages could begin in Florida as early as September 22, if by September 21 no one appeals last week's ruling in a federal case made by U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle. On August 21, Hinkle ruled that ... More >>
On Thursday, in a 33-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle of Florida's Northern District in Tallahassee became the fifth judge in the state to rule against the same-sex marriage ban. Like the previous rulings, however, Hinkle immediately stayed his ruling, meaning that gay and lesbian c ... More >>
In the midst of four different judges ruling that the ban on same-sex in Florida is unconstitutional, and attorney general Pam Bondi's blowback of those rulings, Broward County Commissioners have stepped up to show their support for same-sex marriage by passing a resolution on Tuesday. Along with t ... More >>
On Tuesday, Palm Beach County Circuit Court Judge Diana Lewis ruled against Florida's ban on same-sex marriage by recognizing the Delaware marriage of W. Jason Simpson and husband Frank Bangor, who died earlier this year. See also: Broward County Judge Rules for Same Sex Marriage in Florida
Since both their lawsuits challenge the state's ban on same-sex marriage, the six couples in the Pareto v. Ruvin lawsuit in Miami-Dade are hoping to join forces with the couple in Monroe County, Aaron Huntsman and William "Lee" Jones, in their continued fight to bring marriage equality to Florida. ... More >>
Judge Sarah Zabel of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court has ruled that the ban on same-sex marriage in Florida is unconstitutional. Back in May, six same-sex couples filed a motion asserting that Florida's marriage ban cannot stand in light of last year's U.S. Supreme Court of Miami-Dade ruling th ... More >>
This past week has held big news on the gay marriage front for the state of Florida. Last Thursday, Circuit Judge Luis Garcia in the Florida Keys struck down the state ban of gay marriage, stating it violated the right to equal protection under the U.S. Constitution. He ordered the Monroe County Cl ... More >>
When Monroe Chief Circuit Judge Luis Garcia overturned Florida's 2008 constitutional gay-marriage ban and ordered that couples wishing to be married in Key West to be allowed to do so as early as this week, Attorney General Pam Bondi worked quickly to stamp out the ruling. Bondi's office issued a ... More >>
A Circuit Court ruled that antigay groups Florida Family Action, Florida Democratic League, and People United to Lead the Struggle for Equality cannot intervene in the lawsuit filed by six same-sex couples who sued Florida and are asking a court to rule that Florida's ban on marriage equality is unc ... More >>
Italo Morales is on the run. The 27-year-old from Honduras is trying to scrape up the cash to sneak through the border from Mexico to El Paso, Texas. After that, he plans on speeding through the southern United States on his way to Florida.
The six same-sex couples who sued the state back in January and are asking a state court to rule that Florida's ban on marriage equality is unconstitutional will have their day to present their case on July 2. Eleventh Judicial Court Judge Sarah Zabel will preside over the hearing in Miam, and will ... More >>
Gildas Dousset, a student at FAU, has filed suit asking an appellate court to recognize his same-sex marriage after he says he was denied in-state tuition. The appeal, filed in the Fourth District Court of Appeals, argues that the state's laws barring recognition of valid out-of-state marriages of ... More >>
You can now add Margate in the growing number of Broward County and Palm Beach cities extending benefits to same-sex couples. In a 3-2 vote earlier this week, Margate's city commissioners approved to extend benefits to same-sex couples who were legally married in another state, or are in a domestic ... More >>
Six same-sex couples who sued the state back in January have asked a state court to rule that Florida's ban on marriage equality is unconstitutional. According to Equality Florida, the couples' motion, filed Thursday, asserts that Florida's marriage ban cannot stand in light of last year's U.S. Su ... More >>
Andy Amoroso, the first openly gay city commissioner in Palm Beach County, is leading the charge for a gay marriage demonstration this coming weekend. But the angle Amoroso is taking is unique. Instead of the usual call for gay rights, the city commish and countless others will try to reason with ... More >>
Six same-sex couples are taking the State of Florida to court for the right to marry, Equality Florida Institute announced on Tuesday. The lawsuit claims that Florida's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional, denying couples legal protections and overall equality that nongay married couples have. ... More >>
Hey, Fort Lauderdale, we've dethroned San Francisco as the city with the highest concentration of gay couples in the United States! ::SPRINKLES!:: Awwwww yeah. That's right. This, according to recently revealed data from the U.S. Census (the website is down thanks to the government shutdown, so ... More >>
Pasta king Guido Barilla might be in as much hot water as his pasta is after telling an Italian radio station that his company would never feature a gay couple an any Barilla advertising campaign. According to Reuters, the chairman of Barilla told Italy's Radio 24, "I would never do (a commercial) ... More >>
The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the IRS has ruled that it will recognize joint tax returns of gay married couples. And yes, this also includes Florida. The ruling, which came down Thursday, says that legally married same-sex couples will be treated as married for federal tax purposes. A ... More >>
In a Tuesday-afternoon hearing, Indian River County Judge Robert Pegg ruled that Kaitlyn Hunt is to remain in jail for violating her pretrial-release court order when she sent thousands of text messages, including naked photos, to the girl she's accused of having sexual relations with when the victi ... More >>
A gay Fort Lauderdale married man has become the first person in a same-sex marriage to be approved for a green card. Traian Popov, a Bulgarian immigrant who is married to an American citizen, received the notice of his green card approval via email on Friday, just days after the Supreme Court stru ... More >>
Kaitlyn Hunt, the 18-year-old high school student facing felony charges in connection to her arrest after she had a same-sex relationship with a younger student, was offered a plea agreement of two years house arrest and one year probation. She has refused the plea deal. See also: -Kaitlyn Hunt, ... More >>
UPDATE: The Indian River County Sheriff's Office is holding a press conference today at 1:30 p.m. at 4055 41st Avenue in Vero Beach. Those who are supporting Kaitlyn are being encouraged to attend and be a part of a peaceful rally by wearing t-shirts, and carrying signs. A star student at Sebastia ... More >>
Archbishop Thomas Wenski grew up in Lake Worth and went on to become the head of the Catholic Church in South Florida; his archdiocese covers Broward, Monroe and Miami-Dade counties. As the battle heats up over gay marriage, Wenski has penned a letter outlining the modern Catholic stance on gays. He ... More >>
If you like scooters, you may need to change your behavior.Folks, we simply cannot make up the stuff that comes out of Rep. Allen West's mouth.In a meeting with the Sun-Sentinel's editorial board yesterday -- which was also recorded on video -- West talked about fixing the nation's debt problem, ... More >>
Last week, the principal of Blanche Ely High School, Mr. Karlton Johnson, hauled an interracial lesbian couple into his office and threatened to suspend them for holding hands in the hallway. He'd warned them about this hand-holding business before, he said -- he was just upholding the school's r ... More >>
Michael McElroy for New TimesAndy and Todd Bludworth-McNeill, the subjects of this week's feature article.This week's cover story features a South Florida same-sex couple who traveled to Panama to start a family through surrogacy. They chose Central America because Florida surrogacy laws require ... More >>
via knowabouthealth.comThis week's cover story about a gay couple who had twins through surrogacy in Panama raises ethical questions inherent to the surrogacy process. Though the couple in the New Times feature took every precaution imaginable to ensure that agreements with their egg donor and su ... More >>
Flickr: Saint PlanEric Affholter, an attorney who practices in Pompano Beach, has had his law license suspension upheld by the Florida Supreme Court, based on Affholter's arranging a fraudulent marriage designed to make his partner, a Peruvian man, a legal resident.It was a real-world consequence ... More >>
Flickr: cassaccinoPalm Beach dining: Now serving subpoenas, with a caviar side.God knows the island of Palm Beach doesn't hold grudges against greedy attorneys, but Brad Edwards, you're pushing your luck. The attorney from Fort Lauderdale's Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler represents a gaggle of Jane D ... More >>
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