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Florida marriage plaintiffs lead parade as Fantasy Fest wraps in Key West

Monday, October 27, 2014
Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones, who launched a landmark challenge to Florida’s same-sex marriage ban, led Saturday night’s procession atop a “wedding cake” float surrounded by 33 other couples in wedding attire.
KEY WEST, Fla. -- The elaborate 10-day Fantasy Fest costuming and masking ended Sunday on this subtropical island, following its highlight late-night parade that featured grand marshals who pioneered the Florida Keys' fight for marriage equality.

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Same-sex marriage appeal won’t go directly to Florida Supreme Court

Sunday, October 26, 2014
Florida Supreme Court in Tallahassee.
MIAMI -- A Florida appeals court has refused to allow Attorney General Pam Bondi take the state's same-sex marriage ban directly to the Florida Supreme Court. The 3rd District Court of Appeal on Friday indicated it will likely rule itself on previous decisions striking down the Miami-Dade and Monroe counties bans.

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Florida AG Pam Bondi asks federal court to keep gay marriage ban in place

Friday, October 24, 2014
Attorney General Pam Bondi (R-Fla.)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi wants a federal judge to keep the state's ban on gay marriage in place despite a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision. Bondi on Friday contended in a court filing that there was a "great public interest in stability of the law" and that the ban should remain intact while the legal battles continue.

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Florida AG Pam Bondi files opposition to same-sex couple’s divorce

Thursday, October 23, 2014
Attorney General Pam Bondi (R-Fla.)
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Attorney General Pam Bondi is opposing a bid by a gay South Florida woman to obtain a divorce from her former partner.

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The week in review: The latest developments in marriage equality…

Saturday, October 18, 2014
Kevin Patterson, left, and David Larance, plaintiffs in one of two challenges to Arizona's same-sex marriage ban, kiss after exchanging vows, as Rev. John Dorhaer, who performed the ceremony, stands at right, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, in Phoenix. Gay marriage has become legal in Arizona after the state's conservative attorney general said Friday that he wouldn't challenge a federal court decision that cleared the way for same-sex unions in the state.
Same-sex couples won the right to wed in Alaska and Arizona on Friday, after separate court decisions ended bans in those states. And a third ruling in Wyoming means marriages there could begin within a week. The rulings bookend two weeks of legal wrangling, triggered by a U.S. Supreme Court decision last week that effectively legalized same-sex marriage ...

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Florida AG now wants state Supreme Court to rule on same-sex marriage ban

Monday, October 13, 2014
Attorney General Pam Bondi (R-Fla.)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who has repeatedly called it her duty to defend the state's ban on gay marriage, now wants the state's highest court to decide whether the constitutional amendment is legal. Bondi’s office filed a request late Monday with the 3rd District Court of Appeal in Miami that asks the court to...

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Florida issues first death certificate recognizing a same-sex couple

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Arlene Goldberg and Carol Goldwasser
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The state of Florida on Wednesday issued its first death certificate recognizing a same-sex couple. The Florida Department of Health issued an updated death certificate that listed Fort Myers resident Arlene Goldberg as the surviving spouse of Carol Goldwasser. With the death certificate, the couple became the first same-sex...

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Florida AG, governor say they will keep fighting to preserve gay marriage ban

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Attorney General Pam Bondi (R-Fla.) and Gov. Rick Scott (R-Fla.)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida will continue to fight to prohibit same-sex marriage even as other states are allowing it following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to ignore their appeals. The court's decision to turn away appeals from five states prompted the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida as well as lawyers representing same-sex couples on ...

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ACLU asks federal judge to allow same-sex couples to marry in Florida

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Marriage equality supports gather outside a Florida courthouse on July 2, 2014.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A federal judge is being asked to allow same sex couples to marry in Florida in the wake of a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida filed a motion Tuesday with U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle. Hinkle previously ruled Florida's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional, but stayed the ruling...

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Supreme Court action puts pressure on Fla. AG over gay marriage appeals

Monday, October 6, 2014
Attorney General Pam Bondi (R-Fla.)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is being asked to drop her appeals in several ongoing lawsuits challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage. The request was made Monday by groups opposed to the ban after the U.S. Supreme Court turned away appeals from five states seeking to prohibit gay and lesbian unions.

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