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Brenner v. Scott

Brenner v. Scott is a federal lawsuit filed Feb. 28, 2104, in U.S. District Court in Tallahassee, challenging Florida's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. The plaintiffs, a same-sex couple married in Canada in 2009, are seeking to have their marriage recognized in the state of Florida. The case has been joined with Grimsley v. Scott.

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Florida AG wants appeals court to extend stay on same-sex marriage ruling

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Attorney General Pam Bondi (R-Fla.)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is asking to keep intact the state's ban on same-sex marriage until ongoing appeals have finished.

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Florida AG appeals same-sex marriage rulings in state, federal appeals courts

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Attorney General Pam Bondi (R-Fla.)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has filed appeals in both state and federal appeals courts, seeking to overturn a number of rulings declaring Florida's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional by declaring that the trial courts' rulings "were wrong."

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Federal judge won’t lift stay in Florida same-sex marriage ruling

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Marriage equality supports gather outside a Florida courthouse on July 2, 2014.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A Florida federal judge will not lift a stay of his ruling in a lawsuit challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage, meaning state officials can continue to pursue an appeal.

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Florida AG Pam Bondi asks federal court to keep gay marriage ban in place

Friday, October 24, 2014
Attorney General Pam Bondi (R-Fla.)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi wants a federal judge to keep the state's ban on gay marriage in place despite a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision. Bondi on Friday contended in a court filing that there was a "great public interest in stability of the law" and that the ban should remain intact while the legal battles continue.

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Fla. officials file notice to appeal federal same-sex marriage ruling

Thursday, September 4, 2014
Gov. Rick Scott (R-Fla.)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Defendants in two federal lawsuits challenging Florida’s marriage ban filed a notice Thursday that they are appealing the August 21 ruling by U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle overturning Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage.

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

Thursday, August 21, 2014
Florida
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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Fla. AG says she’s just doing her job when she marginalizes gay couples

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Attorney General Pam Bondi (R-Fla.)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is firing back at critics who blasted her assertion in court documents last week that same-sex marriage would “impose significant public harm,” saying she is just doing her job. Bondi, who is twice divorced, said she takes exception to those who have sought to manipulate her brief, trying to make it something it is not.

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ACLU files brief opposing Florida’s motion to dismiss marriage lawsuits

Saturday, May 31, 2014
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The ACLU of Florida has responded to the state’s request to dismiss the consolidated lawsuit challenging Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage.

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Fla. attorney general: Same-sex marriage would ‘impose significant public harm’

Friday, May 30, 2014
Attorney General Pam Bondi (R-Fla.)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The attorney general of Florida says in court documents that recognizing same sex marriages performed in other states would disrupt existing marriage laws and "impose significant public harm."

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ACLU asks court to halt Fla. ban on recognition of out-of-state gay marriages

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Florida
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida has filed a motion asking a federal judge to immediately stop the state from enforcing laws banning the recognition of lawful same-sex marriages performed out-of-state.

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