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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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Hungarian nationals arrested in gay sex trafficking in South Florida

| Friday, October 3, 2014
Viktor Berki, left, and Andras Janos Vass.
MIAMI -- Three Hungarian nationals are facing sex trafficking charges after authorities say they lured young gay Hungarian men to South Florida and forced them into prostitution. WTVJ-TV reports that the suspected ringleaders — Gabor Acs, Viktor Berki and Andras Janos Vass — were charged in Miami-Dade state court with human trafficking...

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Marriage News Watch: More states waiting for Supreme Court on marriage rulings

| Monday, September 22, 2014
Cynthia Wides, right, and Elizabeth Carey exchange wedding vows at City Hall in San Francisco, Saturday, June 29, 2013.
A surprising reveal this week from Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg about the court's plans for taking up a marriage case -- or maybe not taking up any. An Arkansas clerk breaks ranks with top state officials, declaring for the first time that the state's marriage ban is unconstitutional. Plus: numerous states freeze their marriage lawsuits...

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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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