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Marriage Equality: Since the passage of the Florida Amendment 2 in November 2008, both same-sex marriage and civil unions have been banned by Florida's state constitution.

Current challenges to Florida’s same-sex marriage ban: Pareto v. Ruvin, Brenner v. Scott, Grimsley and Albu v. Scott, Huntsman v. Heavilin.

For information on state laws relating to LGBT rights, discrimination, hate crimes and adoption, click here.

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George Dumont

Fla. student says he was rejected by fraternity because he’s openly gay

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
ORLANDO, Fla. -- A student at the University of Central Florida in Orlando says he has been banned from joining a fraternity because he is openly gay. [ Read more → ]
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6th annual gay pride parade takes over Florida’s South Beach

Sunday, April 13, 2014
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- Pride week in south Florida culminated Sunday on the streets of South Beach for the 6th annual Miami Beach Gay Pride parade and festival. [ Read more → ]
Braulio Valenzuela

Fla. man charged with attempting to burn, kill lesbian couple and their eight kids

Thursday, April 3, 2014
MIAMI -- A Florida man faces ten counts of attempted second-degree murder and one count of arson for allegedly attempting to burn and kill a lesbian couple and their eight children. [ Read more → ]
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Group intervenes in lawsuits to preserve Florida’s same-sex marriage ban

Thursday, April 3, 2014
MIAMI -- The group that pushed Florida's constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage is intervening in lawsuits filed by gay couples. [ Read more → ]
Key-West

Key West couple files lawsuit challenging Florida’s same-sex marriage ban

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
KEY WEST, Fla. -- A same-sex couple in Key West, Fla., has filed a lawsuit after being refused a marriage license in Monroe County. [ Read more → ]
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Groups defend Florida’s same-sex marriage ban, want lawsuit dismissed

Friday, March 28, 2014
MIAMI -- A coalition of black and Hispanic civil rights groups and pastors is challenging the grounds of a lawsuit that seeks to overturn Florida's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
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ACLU files federal suit seeking recognition of same-sex marriages in Florida

Thursday, March 13, 2014
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- Eight same-sex couples and the American Civil Liberties Union have filed a federal lawsuit seeking to force Florida to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. [ Read more → ]
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Lawsuit challenging Fla. school’s denial of gay-straight alliance moves forward

Friday, March 7, 2014
TAVERES, Fla. — Students fighting to have a gay-straight alliance club at their middle school in central Florida have won a partial victory for the time being. [ Read more → ]
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Couple files federal lawsuit challenging Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage

Thursday, March 6, 2014
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A second lawsuit has been filed challenging Florida's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, this time in federal court. [ Read more → ]
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Freedom to Marry launches $1 million marriage equality campaign in U.S. South

Monday, February 24, 2014
NEW YORK – Freedom to Marry, the advocacy campaign to win marriage equality nationwide, on Monday launched a $1 million multi-state campaign to build majority support for marriage in the South. [ Read more → ]
Chris O'Meara, AP (File)Charlie Crist

Charlie Crist wages populist campaign for Florida governor

Saturday, February 8, 2014
MIAMI -- When former GOP Gov. Charlie Crist announced he'd run for his old job as a Democrat in 2014, party leaders rejoiced at the prospect of a pragmatic candidate able to win back centrist Republicans and independent voters who had soured on incumbent Rick Scott. [ Read more → ]
Robert Marucci

Fla. school lifts suspension on student who appeared in gay adult films

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
COCOA, Fla. -- A Florida school district on Tuesday lifted the suspension of a high school senior who claimed he was kicked out for appearing in gay adult films. [ Read more → ]
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.)

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

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- Six same-sex couples have filed a lawsuit in South Florida seeking to overturn Florida's ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
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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. [ Read more → ]
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Charlie Crist apologizes for supporting efforts to ban same-sex marriage in Fla.

Thursday, January 2, 2014
In an extraordinary interview, Florida’s former Republican Governor Charlie Crist apologized last month for having supported efforts to ban on same-sex marriage on the ballot in that state in 2008. [ Read more → ]
Kaitlyn HUnt

Fla. teen convicted of having sex with underage girlfriend released from jail

Monday, December 23, 2013
VERO BEACH, Fla. — A Florida teen convicted of having sex with her underage girlfriend has been released from jail after completing her sentence. [ Read more → ]
Lake-County-School-Board

ACLU files second lawsuit after Fla. school again blocks gay-straight alliance

Thursday, December 19, 2013
OCALA, Fla. — The ACLU on Thursday sued a central Florida school district for the second time this year, claiming it is once again refusing to approve a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) club at a middle school. [ Read more → ]
Spencer

Fla. teen gets 25 years in prison for attempted murder of transgender woman

Monday, December 9, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. - A Florida teenager in has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for the attempted murder of a transgender woman. [ Read more → ]
Danita Kilcullen, seen here in her mug shot from May 2011 after being arrested for kicking a police officer during a political rally.

Tea Party leader: Florida GOP is being taken over by gay ‘thugs’

Saturday, November 30, 2013
The co-founder of the Florida Tea Party says the local Republican Party in Broward County, Fla., is being taken over by gay "thugs." [ Read more → ]
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)

Rubio headlines anti-gay group’s fundraiser, says nation’s morality at risk

Saturday, November 16, 2013
ORLANDO, Fla. -- U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio told an anti-gay group Saturday night that moral issues need to be part of government debate and that the United States needs to do more to protect religious freedom abroad. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio to headline anti-gay fundraiser

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
The Florida Family Policy Council (FFPC) announced today that it will host U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) at its 2013 Annual Policy Awards Dinner in Orlando on Saturday. [ Read more → ]
Florida Supreme Court justices.

Fla. Supreme Court settles lesbian couple’s custody battle

Thursday, November 7, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a woman who donated an egg to her lesbian partner has parental rights to the child and is ordering a lower court to work out custody, child support and visitation arrangements. [ Read more → ]
Tavares Spencer

Fla. teen found guilty of trying to kill transgender woman

Friday, November 1, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. -- A Florida teen accused of trying to kill a transgender woman has been found guilty of attempted murder. [ Read more → ]
Crist

Florida’s Charlie Crist plots political comeback as Democrat

Saturday, October 26, 2013
Nearly three years after losing a U.S. Senate campaign to Republican Marco Rubio and leaving the governor's mansion, Charlie Crist is plotting a political comeback that seems fantastical even by Florida's stranger-than-fiction standards. [ Read more → ]
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Victory Fund announces ‘Ten Races to Watch’ featuring LGBT candidates

Friday, October 25, 2013
The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund has announced its annual “Races to Watch” list featuring openly LGBT candidates, naming 10 candidates involved in groundbreaking runs for political office this year. Victory has endorsed a total of 85 out candidates for 2013, an all-time high for an odd numbered year. [ Read more → ]
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