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Fla. AG defends fight against same-sex marriage: ‘I’m just getting started’

| Friday, August 22, 2014
Attorney General Pam Bondi (R-Fla.)
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is defending her fight against five state and federal court rulings declaring the state's same-sex marriage ban as unconstitutional. Appearing before a group of Republican supporters Thursday -- just hours after a federal judge ruled against the ban -- Bondi said she took an oath "to defend the Constitution of the state of Florida"...

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Federal judge strikes down Florida same-sex marriage ban, ruling stayed

| Thursday, August 21, 2014
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A federal judge has declared Florida's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, joining state judges in four counties who have sided with gay couples wishing to tie the knot. U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle in Tallahassee ruled Thursday that the ban added to Florida's constitution by voters in 2008 violates the 14th Amendment's guarantees of equal protection...

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Report: Marriage equality would add $182 million, new jobs to Fla. economy

| Tuesday, August 19, 2014
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Extending marriage to same-sex couples in Florida would generate an estimated $182.2 million in spending to the state’s economy and could generate as many at 2,600 new jobs over three years, according to a new study. Researchers at the Williams Institute, an independent think tank at UCLA’s School of Law, estimates that — based on 2010 U.S. Census data -- 48,496 ...

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Fla. county wants to withhold tax dollars from being used to fight marriage rulings

| Wednesday, August 13, 2014
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Broward County, Fla., Commissioners on Tuesday approved a resolution supporting same-sex marriage, and are asking the county attorney to research ways to withhold taxpayer funding from the state that would be used in the appeals process. WSVN-TV reports that the commissioners voted unanimously to oppose Florida’s same-sex marriage ban...

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Fla. church abruptly cancels funeral after learning deceased man was gay

| Friday, August 8, 2014
Julion Evans and Kendall Capers
TAMPA, Fla. -- A Florida woman says her Tampa church cancelled her son's funeral after the pastor learned the deceased was gay and his obituary listed a surviving "husband." Julie Atwood says she was told by New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Tampa, Fla., that it would be "blasphemous" to hold the services at the church because her son, Julion Evans, 42, was gay...

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Fla. AG wants U.S. Supreme Court to decide if states can ban gay marriage

| Friday, August 8, 2014
Attorney General Pam Bondi (R-Fla.)
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida's attorney general is asking state courts to stop considering same-sex marriage cases until the U.S. Supreme Court decides whether states have the right to ban gay marriage. Attorney General Pam Bondi filed two motions on Friday in a state appeals court, requesting a freeze on appeals of cases concerning the state's constitutional ...

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Palm Beach becomes 4th Fla. county to declare marriage ban unconstitutional

| Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Palm Beach, Fla,
A Palm Beach County, Fla., Circuit Court judge on Tuesday issued a ruling declaring Florida’s ban on same sex marriage unconstitutional, the fourth such ruling in under three weeks. Circuit Judge Diana Lewis’ opinion was tied to a probate case surrounding the death of Frank Bangor, a man who owned property in Florida and married W. Jason Simpson in Delaware, where same-sex marriage is legal.

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Broward County judge delivers third win for marriage equality in Florida

| Monday, August 4, 2014
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A state circuit judge in Broward County has become the third Florida judge to rule that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. Circuit Court Judge Dale Cohen issued the ruling Monday, which applies to recognition of out-of-state same-sex marriages, as well as overturning Florida's ban on same-sex marriage, in Broward County only.

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Crist promises Day 1 order banning LGBT discrimination in state agencies

| Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Charlie Crist
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist says he will sign five executive orders on his first day back in office if he's elected in November. Crist made the announcement Tuesday. He also said he would sign orders banning discrimination against gay and transgender employees at agencies under his control and their contractors, and another to require ...

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Key West plaintiffs seek to appeal marriage ruling to Fla. Supreme Court

| Monday, July 28, 2014
Plintiffs Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones
MIAMI -- Attorneys for two Key West men challenging the state's ban on same sex marriage want the Florida Supreme Court to take up the case. The lawyers representing the Monroe County couple filed a motion Monday asking that the ...

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