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Same-sex marriage ban struck down for Miami area, ruling put on hold

| Friday, July 25, 2014
MIAMI -- A Florida judge on Friday overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage in a ruling that applies to Miami-Dade County, agreeing with a judge in another county who made a similar ruling last week. The ruling issued by Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel mirrors the decision made earlier by Monroe County Circuit Judge Luis Garcia. Both judges found the...

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Sides square off in court over Florida’s same-sex marriage ban

| Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Marriage equality supporters rally outside a Miami-Dad courthouse on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, where a judge was holding a hearing on a challenge to Florida's same-sex marriage ban.
MIAMI -- Attorneys for six same-sex couples, the state of Florida and proponents of so-called traditional marriage squared off Wednesday in a lawsuit seeking to overturn a ban on same-sex marriage enshrined in the state constitution by voters in 2008. Like similar cases filed across the country, the Florida gay couples' lawsuit contends that the ban is discriminatory ...

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Fla. gay rights group endorses Charlie Crist for governor

| Thursday, June 12, 2014
Charlie Crist
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- Florida's largest gay rights advocacy group has endorsed Democrat Charlie Crist for governor. The endorsement is a boon for Crist, who still faces some skepticism from Democratic activists who consider his political conversion dubious.

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Fla. judge says three anti-gay groups can’t intervene in same-sex marriage suit

| Tuesday, June 3, 2014
MIAMI -- A judge in Florida ruled Tuesday that three anti-gay groups who oppose marriage equality for same-sex couples cannot intervene as parties in a state court lawsuit challenging Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage. Circuit Court Judge Sarah Zabel said the groups cannot enter the case as parties simply because they have strong beliefs about same-sex marriage.

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Plaintiffs in Fla. gay marriage suit ask court to rule ban is unconstitutional

| Thursday, May 1, 2014
Plaintiffs in Equality Florida's challenge to Florida's gay marriage ban.
MIAMI -- Plaintiffs challenging Florida’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage asked a state court on Thursday to rule that the ban is unconstitutional.

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Six same-sex couples sue to overturn Fla. gay marriage ban

| Tuesday, January 21, 2014
NCLRPlaintiffs (from left): Don Johnston and Jorge Isaias Diaz, Jeff and Todd Delmay, Dr. Juan Carlos Rodriguez and David Price, Vanessa and Melane Alenier, Summer Grace and Pamela Faerber. (Nit pictured: Catherina Pareta and Karla Arguello.)
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- Six same-sex couples have filed a lawsuit in South Florida seeking to overturn Florida's ban on same-sex marriage.

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Top Florida employers join coalition to fight against LGBT discrimination

| Monday, January 13, 2014
Many of Florida’s largest employers on Monday launched the Florida Business Coalition for a Competitive Workforce, aimed at passing a bipartisan bill that would ban anti-gay and gender-based discrimination.

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Marriage equality advocates hope to repeal Florida’s ban on gay marriage

| Wednesday, June 19, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A group that supports same-sex marriage in Florida said Wednesday that it isn't confident an upcoming U.S. Supreme Court ruling will nullify the state's gay marriage ban and is starting a public opinion campaign while waiting for the court to decide.

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Domestic Partnerships Act introduced in Florida legislature

| Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Two Florida state lawmakers have introduced a measure in both chambers of the legislature that would provide domestic partnership protections to committed same-sex couples throughout Florida.

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Miami-Dade, nation’s 4th largest school district, adds gender identity protections

| Thursday, July 21, 2011
The Miami-Dade school district -- the fourth largest in the nation -- on Thursday joined other districts across the state of Florida in protecting students from bullying based upon gender identity or sexual orientation.

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