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
A Monroe County judge yesterday said a Key West couple can't marry despite his ruling that Florida's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. Chief Judge Luis Garcia said in an appeal by the State of Florida, "The automatic stay, currently in place, shall remain in place until completion of appellat ... More >>
Gay rights advocates have been arguing for a while now that marriage equality and overall rights are not just a matter of allowing the LGBT community to be treated like all others, but also a matter of the economy for the state. And now a brief put together by the national think-tank Movement Advan ... More >>
The world is filled with bitter little men who talk tough in legal filings, and Chris Sevier is a champ among them. Last month, the chronically annoying self-described "former Judge Advocate and combat veteran" tried to insert himself into a federal court case to see if Florida will acknowledge gay ... 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 >>
A Florida gay marriage case -- known in the federal court system as James Domer Brenner et al., v. Rick Scott, which challenges Florida's refusal to recognize gay marriages that are performed legally elsewhere (Brenner and his partner married in Canada) -- is sure to be one of the landmark court de ... More >>
Former South Floridian Aaron Jackson began his career of philanthropy by deworming Haitian kids -- for which he was first the subject of a New Times cover story and later named a CNN Hero. With his charity Planting Peace, he then went on to buy an "Equality House" in Topeka, Kansas directly across ... More >>
The NFL is close to implementing a new rule where the use of the N-word will be banned. This is more a less a reaction to the Dolphins' bullying scandal where Richie Incognito and others used racial slurs to taunt other players and a team trainer. The NFL rule would be enforced on the field, where t ... More >>
Fresh off Marco Rubio's refusal to back the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, a bill that would prevent employers from discriminating against gay and lesbians, comes the news that Rubes is all set to give the key note speech an the annual Florida Family Policy Council dinner. The Florida Family Po ... More >>
It's taking longer than it should, but a bill that forbids discrimination against gays and lesbians in the workplace is closer to being a reality. On Tuesdays, a bipartisan group of legislators, movers, and shakers got together to say that it's bad for employers to discriminate against someone just ... More >>
No one is really sure why the heads of companies continue to espouse exceedingly unpopular, even bigoted opinions. No one is arguing they don't have every right to both their opinion and to espousing it, of course. But then, the public also has every right to not buy your product if they start assoc ... 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 >>
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 >>
The City of Palm Beach has itself a new health insurance broker and a new consultant, which means the chance of having domestic partnership benefits added to its employee health plan is very close to happening. Town Manager Peter Elwell says that Willis of Florida Inc. will be taking a gander at he ... More >>
Last May, the Huffington Post published a photo of a 9-year-old named Josef Miles counter-protesting the Westboro Baptist Church -- a small but infamous group known for protesting soldiers' funerals with signs that declare "God Hates Fags." Miles held a small pencil-drawn sign that said, "God Hates ... More >>
Rand Hoch, the president of the Palm Beach Human Rights Council, doesn't waste words summing up what's been happening in Boca Raton recently: "Boca is just being anti-gay," he tells New Times.Over the last six months, the city has been locked up with activists over a number of issues involving the r ... More >>
Sunday is a very emotional day for me. I feel guilty if I've skipped church, angry that I can't buy beer before noon, and envious when I have to wait in an endless line for brunch, watching everyone else enjoying their eggs Benedict. Inevitably, I cruise around looking for something else to eat and ... More >>
Call it a match made in heaven.Rick Santorum is best-known (among 20-something alt-weekly types, at least) as the evangelical homophobe who likened gay relationships to "man-on-dog" sex and consequently suffered the wrath of Dan Savage's revolting Google bomb.Jim Naugle is known locally as the fo ... More >>
ithacalibrary.com"That can't come here." -- Rick ScottNew York's passage of gay marriage equality Friday night has had quite different reactions nationwide -- including a couple down here in the Sunshine State.Former Broward Mayor Ken Keechl announced on Facebook that he's getting married to his ... More >>
via www.someecards.comClick to EnlargeFacebook now includes "Civil Union" and "Domestic Partnership" among its relationship status options. Since the genesis of the online 'Relationship Status' in the early 2000s, the few and definite choices have fallen short of defining the ever-complex myriad ... More >>
Flickr: SF BartGay parents at a recent pride parade in San Francisco.Florida is the only state to specifically ban adoption by gay and lesbian couples, but that may soon change. The Florida Third District Court of Appeals has ruled that the ban was unconstitutional. The ban will now head to the F ... More >>
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-Miramar) tried to help gays in the military, but says he has been forced to back off "due to pressure from some of my Congressional colleagues and from the White House." Yesterday, he withdrew his proposed amendment to H.R. 3326, the Department of Defense Appropri ... More >>
Or you could just call her the Pie-d Piper.
Before swinging a bat in a lesbian softball league, pick a side. Gay or straight? Or something else?
Polls are all over the place in the governor's race. The Miami Herald has Charlie Crist with a commanding ten-point lead (with a poll conducted by reputable Zogby International), but SurveyUSA has the race between Crist and Jim Davis in a virtual dead heat (via Taeg0n Goddard's PoliticWire): "In ... More >>
The Face Of The Mixed-Up Mainstream You have to read this blog post by an Orlando Sentinel political columnist named Scott Maxwell to see how sloppy, ill-informed, and muddled the mainstream media can be on the Crist issue. Maxwell begins by writing, insipidly, that he is against outing any politi ... More >>
And other things the Republican Party wants you to believe on Election Day.
The most interesting moment on the Michelangelo Signorile show on Sirius radio today was when Signorile played a tape recording of Foley's farewell speech to Congressional pages at a Capitol Hill ceremony (not sure of the year). I'm listening to Foley talking about how wonderful the, experience, had ... More >>
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Letters for January 18, 2001
The members of Broward's backstabbing political club are at it again, and this time Democratic honcho Mitch Ceasar had to break it up
Broward's gay politicos face tough opposition in seeking office: each other
Broward gays have a new voice in the Political Advocacy Coalition, which has the old voice -- the Dolphin Democratic Club -- up in arms
Broward's Coral Ridge Ministries says it's merely running an educational outreach. So why is it using politics to campaign against gay rights?
The gay-pride parade was supposed to be a show of solidarity, right? It actually sparked a war of words and possible legal action.