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Politics Unusual: New aAnti-gay Laws Passing in “Red States” All Around the Country

In just a few months, the Supreme Court is expected to hand the LGBT community a ruling legalizing marriage equality nationwide. However, in spite of progress on that front, an alarming pattern of hateful LGBT legislation is enshrining the discrimination of our community, all in the name of religious freedom. These developments beg the question: […]

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Politics Unusual: Roll Tide, Supreme Court tips their hand, and insight on Obama’s “evolution”

Sadly, George Wallace’s legacy lives on in Alabama but thank God for the cotton state, which has officially taken the title from Florida for the most FU$%ED up aftermath of the arrival of marriage equality. At least the heat is now off of Florida, and I’m not commenting on the winter weather. But Alabamians shouldn’t […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Marriage Equality Case Filed by Michigan Nurses April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse

WASHINGTON, Jan. 16, 2015  The U.S. Supreme Court today agreed to review a federal appeals court decision upholding Michigan’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples. By granting the petition filed by Michigan couple April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse, the Court will be considering Michigan’s ban on marriage as well as those in the other states […]

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Gay Marriage Comes to Florida (Updated 1/5/15)

By Ian Maloney and Mike Halterman Update 1/5/15: 11:18 a.m.: A Miami-Dade County judge has lifted a stay banning gay marriage, clearing the way for same-sex couples to get married immediately. Judge Sarah Zabel’s words — “I’m lifting the stay” — brought immediate cheer in the courtroom. Marriage licensees will start being issued at 2:00 p.m. today. […]

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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 […]