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Lifting Florida’s gay marriage ban allows lesbian couple to be parents

Thursday, January 22, 2015
The lifting of a same-sex marriage ban in Florida is giving a Palm Beach County infant the right to call both women in a lesbian couple her parents. [...]

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Florida newlyweds, plaintiffs in gay marriage case to attend State of the Union

Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Todd Delmay, right, and his spouse Jeff Delmay hug after they were married by Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel, Monday, Jan. 5, 2015 in Miami.
Florida newlyweds Todd and Jeff Delmay will attend President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address in Washington on Tuesday as guests of U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. [...]

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Fla. couple whose driver’s licenses were cancelled prevail, but won’t drop lawsuit

Monday, January 19, 2015
Daniel and Scott Wall-DeSousa show off their new driver's licenses.
Now that same-sex marriage is legal in Florida, a couple whose driver's licenses were cancelled because they used their married names, have has finally received new licenses bearing their hyphenated last name. [...]

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Marriage News Watch: January 12, 2015

Monday, January 12, 2015
Todd, left, and Jeff Delmay, celebrate as they leave the courthouse after having attended a hearing in which a Miami-Dade Circuit Judge cleared the way for gay and lesbian couples to marry, Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, in Miami.
It's been a huge week for marriage equality. Florida became the 36th state with the freedom to marry, judges in three southern states heard oral arguments, and the Supreme Court considered cases from five states. [...]

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Marco Rubio: Courts don’t have the power to strike down gay marriage bans

Thursday, January 8, 2015
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)
The potential 2016 presidential candidate said the federal court has undermined the will of Florida voters who approved a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage six years ago. [...]

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Florida opens health, retirement benefits to same-sex spouses of state workers

Thursday, January 8, 2015
Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee.
Married same-sex spouses of Florida state employees are now eligible for state coverage for health insurance and retirement benefits. [...]

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Miami archbishop threatens to fire employees who support gay marriage

Thursday, January 8, 2015
Archbishop Thomas Wenski
Archbishop Thomas Wenski said that conduct inconsistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church could lead to disciplinary action, including termination, even if it occurs outside the normal working day. [...]

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NOM’s Brian Brown: Same-sex marriage in Florida is ‘a travesty of justice’

Thursday, January 8, 2015
Brian Brown
The National Organization for Marriage wants Florida officials to ignore a federal judge's ruling striking down the state's same-sex marriage ban and to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. [...]

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Almost 1,400 same-sex marriage licenses issued in Florida’s top 28 counties

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Flanked by their mothers, Berta Arguello, left, and Marlene Pareto, right, Catherina Pareto, second from right, and her partner Karla Arguello, second from left, wait to be married by Circuit Court Judge Sarah Zabel, Monday, Jan. 5, 2015 in Miami. Judge Zabel provided a jump-start Monday to Florida's entry as the 36th state where gays and lesbians can legally marry. The women were plaintiffs in the Miami-Dade challenge to Florida's gay marriage ban.
Almost 1,400 gay and lesbian couples were issued marriage licenses in 28 of Florida's most-populous counties in the two days since a ban on same-sex marriage was lifted. [...]

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Florida poised to become Deep South’s prime gay wedding destination

Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Edgard Perez, left, 40, and his spouse Charles Windham, right, 53, pose for a photo after they were married at the marriage license bureau, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015 in Miami.
With same-sex marriage now legal in Florida, same-sex couples from around the Deep South are crossing state lines as the Sunshine State became a prime regional destination for gay and lesbian weddings still banned back home. [...]

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