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Arrest made in murder, burning of Fla. transgender woman

| Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Terry Lynn Brady
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Police in Fort Myers have arrested a man in connection with the murder of a transgender woman whose body was found dumped behind a garbage bin last month. Terry Lynn Brady, 45, has been charged with killing 31-year-old Yaz’min Shancez,

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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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Fla. man stabbed while having sex with another man in Tallahassee cemetery

| Monday, July 28, 2014
Devante L. Johnson
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A Florida man has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly stabbing a man he was having sex with in a Tallahassee cemetery. Police say Devante L. Johnson, 18, met with the victim at the cemetery around 11 p.m. on June 24th when the stabbing occurred.

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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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Fla. towing company owner charged with illegally towing cars during Gay Days

| Sunday, July 27, 2014
Jason Combs is arrested for illegally towing cars during Florida's annual Gay Days last month.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Authorities have arrested a Florida towing company operator they say illegally towed cars during Orlando's 2014 Gay Days celebration. Orange County Sheriffs deputies arrested 45 year-old Jason Combs for towing more than 100 vehicles between June 5 and June 9. The annual Gay Days festivities draw tens of thousands to the area.

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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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UPDATE: Fla. appeals court won’t lift stay in same-sex marriage case

| Wednesday, July 23, 2014
MIAMI -- A Florida appeals court will not overturn a judge's order that is blocking a Florida Keys gay couple from getting married. The Miami-based 3rd District Court of Appeal on Wednesday refused to invalidate a Monroe County judge's decision preventing a wedding for Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones and other gay couples...

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Eighth GOP member of Congress announces support for marriage equality

| Monday, July 21, 2014
U.S. Rep. David Jolly (R-Fla.)
U.S. Rep. David Jolly (R-Fla.), a Tampa Bay-area Republican, said Monday he supported last week's ruling by a Monroe County, Fla., judge who said Florida's ban on same-sex marriage is discriminatory and violates gay people's right to equal treatment under the law. "As a matter of my Christian faith, I believe in traditional marriage," Jolly said in a statement. "But...

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Judge won’t lift stay in Fla. Keys same-sex marriage ruling

| Monday, July 21, 2014
Marriage equality supports gather outside a Florida courthouse on July 2, 2014.
MIAMI -- A Florida Keys judge who last week ruled the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional has denied a request to permit gay couples to marry in Monroe County over a pending state appeal.

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Florida newspaper: AG Pam Bondi is its ‘Loser of the Week’

| Monday, July 21, 2014
Attorney General Pam Bondi (R-Fla.)
The Tampa Bay Times calls out twice-divorced Florida Attorney Genderal Pam Bondi as its “Loser of the Week,” for immediately appealing a South Florida court ruling overturning the state’s same-sex marriage ban. Bondi “is becoming the face of opposition to marriage equality. All signs point to the tide of history rolling over Bondi, who is up for re-election in November.”

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