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WEDDING BELLS RING: Marriages to start in Florida on January 6

Homophobes in the Sunshine State were dealt a major blow earlier this week when the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals denied the state’s request to further stay the district court ruling declaring Florida’s ban on marriage equality unconstitutional. Unless the Supreme Court steps in (which it has refused to do several times in similar cases) […]

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11th Circuit Court of Denies State’s Request to Extend Stay of Lower Court’s Decision to Overturn Marriage Ban

Denial clears the way for marriage for same-sex couples to being at end of day January 5th. Today the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has denied the state’s motion for stay of a District Court ruling that overturned the state’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples. The stay is scheduled to expire at the end of […]

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Miami Dade Adds Transgender Protections to HRO

BECOMES 28th FLORIDA MUNICIPALITY TO PROVIDE EQUAL PROTECTIONS (December 2, 2014) – Today, the Miami-Dade County Commission voted xx – xx to amend the existing Human Rights Ordinance to prohibit discrimination in housing, public accommodations and employment based on gender identity or gender expression. Sponsored by Commissioners Audrey M. Edmonson, Bruno A. Barreiro, Daniella Levine […]

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Bipartisan Legislators File Anti-LGBT Discrimination Bills in FL Legislature

Bipartisan Sponsorship of Florida Competitive Workforce Act: Republican Rep. Holly Raschein and Democratic Sen. Joseph Abruzzo Sponsor Anti-LGBT Discrimination Bills in Florida (November 24, 2014) – Earlier today, Representative Holly Raschein (R- Key Largo) and Democratic Whip Senator Joseph Abruzzo (D- Boynton Beach) filed legislation in the Florida House and Senate respectively that would prohibit […]

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FOUR MORE YEARS! Wait…four more years?

Democrats lose, but not by much Did you even vote? It’s time we faced the facts: The 2014 midterm elections are over, Democrats are licking their wounds after tough losses at almost every level of government, and so many people just stayed home and didn’t even bother to vote. Nationwide, just over a third of […]

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SAVE Urges Miami-Dade Commissioners to Move Forward on Update to Human Rights Ordinance

  MIAMI, FL — Today, leading South Florida LGBT advocacy organization SAVE (Safeguarding American Values for Everyone) urged the Public Safety & Animal Services Committee of the Miami-Dade County Commission to pass a proposal to extend nondiscrimination protections to transgender and gender nonconforming individuals. The committee has scheduled a vote on the measure forWednesday morning. At the […]

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Politics Unusual: November 4, Florida’s Day of Decision…Who Will Win?

Unless you’ve lived under a rock and haven’t laid eyes on a television in the past year, you can’t help but notice that Tuesday, November 4, is Election Day. In Florida we are voting for governor, attorney general, state and national representatives, and we’re also deciding on important ballot initiatives. My advice to voters is […]

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Equality Florida Calls on AG Bondi  to Let Marriage Come to Florida

    Friday, October 24 is a critical day for marriage equality in Florida. That is the deadline for Attorney General Pam Bondi to decide if she will oppose a request that a federal judge lift a stay and allow marriage licenses to be issues to same-sex couples in Florida. Earlier this month the US Supreme […]

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5 + 6 + 2 + 3 = 35

Things are changing, folks, and they are changing fast. Earlier this week, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) decided not to hear any of the cases dealing with marriage equality laws, delivering a devastating loss to bigots and homophobes across the country. Just like that, five more states were added to marriage column […]

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Summer of (Gay) Love

It’s been a great summer for the gay community in Florida. Each and every marriage equality case that went before the courts in the Sunshine State was settled in the LGBT community’s favor, gay and lesbian marriages are happening from Pensacola to Key West, and Charlie Crist is a candidate for Governor of Florida on […]

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Politics Unusual: Florida’s Statewide Primary is Tuesday, August 26

CHARLIE CRIST TAKES ON NAN RICH: YES, THERE ARE TWO CHOICES IN THE DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY Floridians go to the polls on August 26 for many state and local primary elections. The largest of those races is the primary challenge for governor. Incumbent governor Rick Scott will battle two unknowns in the Republican primary and will […]

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Politics Unusual: Hotspots Exclusive Interview with Equality Florida Executive Director Nadine Smith

Equality Florida executive director Nadine Smith has fought for the rights of LGBT Floridians for decades, and has served in her current capacity as head of our state’s LGBT rights organization for the past 17 years. In that time, Florida has grown from a state with very few protections for gay people (and next to […]

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Politics as Unusual: Two Court Rulings Affirm Our Right to Marry In Florida

MIAMI JUDGE JOINS KEYS JUDGE IN STRIKING DOWN SAME-SEX MARRIAGE BAN If you haven’t heard by now, Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage has been struck down. On July 17, Judge Luis Garcia struck down the voter-approved amendment to Florida’s constitution. This was a big victory to Florida’s gay community, and especially to bartenders Aaron Huntsman […]

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Politics as Unusual: South Floridians take their Marriage equality cases to court

Courts in Miami and Tavernier hear cases but delay rulings For months now, Hotspots has brought you information on the marriage equality cases that have been filed in Florida. In the past two weeks, the ball has really started to roll in the various cases, especially the two that are taking place in South Florida. […]

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Politics Unusual: New Lawsuit filed in Florida to fight anti-LGBT laws

The LGBT community continues to forge ahead at warp speed in our fight to legally marry our partners in the US. In just the past few weeks, judges in Oregon and Pennsylvania ruled that those states marriage bans were unconstitutional. Unlike other rulings in recent memory, there was no appeal or stay in either state […]