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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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Fla. Supreme Court asked to rule on same-sex marriage

| Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Florida Supreme Court in Tallahassee.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida's highest court is being asked to rule on whether the state's ban on gay marriage is constitutional. A majority of judges with the state's 2nd District of Appeal on Wednesday asked the Florida Supreme Court to settle the question due to "great public importance." The ruling is connected to a divorce case involving a same-sex couple ...

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Fla. Democratic AG nominee promises distinction from Bondi on gay marriage

| Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- George Sheldon, a one-time top official in the Obama administration, easily defeated state Rep. Perry Thurston on Tuesday in the Democratic primary for attorney general. Sheldon moves on to the November ballot, where he will challenge Republican incumbent Pam Bondi and Libertarian candidate Bill Wohlsifer.

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Crist seeks nomination as Democrat after lifetime in GOP

| Tuesday, August 26, 2014
A campaign supporter displays a sign as former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist makes a campaign stop Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in North Miami, Fla., as Crist tries to get his old job back as a Democrat.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Florida Democrats appeared poised Tuesday to select former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist as their nominee to challenge Republican Gov. Rick Scott in a nationally watched race that's part of an unlikely political comeback for Crist.

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Marriage News Watch: Victory in Fla., 7th Circuit to hear Ind., Wis., marriage cases

| Monday, August 25, 2014
Carmine Caruso holds a rainbow flag during a rally in supports of same sex marriage in front of the Ada County courthouse in Boise, Idaho, on Friday, May 16, 2014. Idaho's gay marriage ban was overturned Tuesday when U.S. District Judge Candy Dale said the law unconstitutionally denied gay and lesbian residents their fundamental right to marry. On May 15, 2014, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a temporary stay while it considers whether a longer stay is needed.
The anti-gay Governor of Indiana just got caught making some wild claims in court, and now a judge has called him out in a sternly-worded ruling. Marriage equality has picked up another victory, with the first federal judge to rule in Florida. In Arizona, an elderly couple facing a terminal illness wants their marriage recognized; couples are fighting back against stalling ...

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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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