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Florida AG Pam Bondi appeals same-sex marriage rulings

| Friday, September 12, 2014
Attorney General Pam Bondi (R-Fla.)
MIAMI -- Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi filed appeals late Friday on several rulings overturning the state's ban on gay marriage. The motion argues the sole legal issue is the constitutional validity of the state ban and any changes should come from voters, not the courts. Florida voters approved the ban in 2008.

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Fla. judge vacates same-sex marriage ruling on legal technicality

| Tuesday, September 9, 2014
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A Broward County judge, who last month struck down Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage, vacated his own ruling Thursday on a legal technicality. The Miami Herald reports that Circuit Court Judge Dale Cohen vacated his decision because a petitioner in the case “failed to comply with (state law)” and notify “the Office of the...

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Marriage News Watch: Massive victory in 7th Circuit, problems with ruling in La.

| Monday, September 8, 2014
Cody Huston, left, and Tina Cady, both of Madison, embrace after getting married Saturday, June 7, 2014, in Madison, Wis. On Friday a federal judge struck down the state's gay marriage ban.
A massive victory for equality in Wisconsin and Indiana, with one of the most strongly-worded decisions yet. A judge in Louisiana has ruled against marriage equality, but there are some problems with his ruling. There are major oral arguments this week in multiple states, and more cases move closer to consideration by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Fla. Supreme Court won’t rule on same-sex marriage in gay divorce case

| Friday, September 5, 2014
Florida Supreme Court in Tallahassee.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Florida Supreme Court won't consider the constitutionality of the state's same-sex marriage ban in order to settle a gay couple's divorce case. The high court said Friday the 2nd District Court of Appeal first should rule on the case, in which a lesbian couple married in Massachusetts and is now seeking a divorce in Florida.

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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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Marriage News Watch: 7th Circuit recap, NOM not giving up in Oregon

| Monday, September 1, 2014
The child of a same sex couple sits next to a protest sign during the court hearing on same-sex marriage in Miami on July 2, 2014.
Anti-gay attorneys took a beating before the Seventh Circuit last week, trying and failing to defend marriage bans before a panel of hostile judges. Now all eyes are on the Supreme Court to see which cases they'll take up in their fall session. There's another major marriage argument coming up in a few days. And the National Organization for Marriage still isn't ...

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Charlie Crist urges Fla. governor not to appeal same-sex marriage ruling

| Friday, August 29, 2014
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Former Florida governor Charlie Crist, who won this week's Democratic primary in his bid to return to the governor's office, sent a letter Friday to GOP Gov. Rick Scott, urging him not to appeal the recent federal court declaring Florida's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional.

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Orange County, Fla., Catholic GOP mayor supports marriage equality

| Thursday, August 28, 2014
Teresa Jacobs
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Orange County, Fla., mayor Teresa Jacobs has voiced her support for marriage equality. "I support it," said Jacobs, who is both a Republican and Catholic. "People should be able to share their lives with the person they love. Government should treat these couples the same. Once you establish that, it takes you to marriage equality."

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Fla. court rejects Bondi’s request to delay same-sex marriage appeals

| Thursday, August 28, 2014
Marriage equality supports gather outside a Florida courthouse on July 2, 2014.
MIAMI -- A Miami-based appeals court has rejected Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi's request that two same-sex marriage cases be delayed until the U.S. Supreme Court decides the issue nationally. The 3rd District Court of Appeal ruled Thursday that the cases from Miami-Dade and Monroe counties will move forward.

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Democrats give Crist easy primary win in bid to once again be Fla. governor

| Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist waves to supporters while speaking at a victory party after Florida's primary election, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He is the first person in Florida to win the nomination for governor as a Republican and a Democrat.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- If there were any doubts that former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist would be accepted by Florida Democrats, they were cast aside as he overwhelmingly earned the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican Gov. Rick Scott in his effort to return to the governor's mansion.

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