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Judge in Broward County, Florida, grants state’s first same-sex divorce

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Judge Dale Cohen
Circuit Judge Dale Cohen on Wednesday dissolved the marriage of Heather Brassner and Megan Lade, who were united in a 2002 civil union in Vermont. [...]

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Same-sex couple’s divorce hearing set before Broward County judge

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Judge Dale Cohen
A judge in Broward County who found Florida's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional has set a hearing to finalize the divorce of a gay couple. [...]

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Florida clerks association says federal marriage ruling affects only one county

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Miami, Fla.
The association representing Florida's 67 court clerks says only Washington County, Fla. is bound by U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle's ruling in August that the gay marriage ban is unconstitutional. [...]

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Florida application to Justice Thomas for stay of same-sex marriage ruling

Monday, December 15, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has filed an emergency petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court to keep the state’s ban on same-sex marriage in place past Jan. 5. [...]

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Florida AG Pam Bondi asks Supreme Court to keep gay marriage ban in place

Monday, December 15, 2014
Attorney General Pam Bondi (R-Fla.)
Bondi and attorneys in her office filed the request with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who oversees emergency appeals from Florida, Alabama and Georgia. [...]

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Equality Florida launches TransAction Florida to support transgender equality

Monday, December 15, 2014
TransAction-FL
The group’s goals are to educate lawmakers, advance local and statewide equality legislation, provide workplace and classroom resources, and develop a statewide Transgender Resource Guide. [...]

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FSU faculty member resigns following anti-gay, anti-Muslim Facebook rant

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Deborah O'Connor
A college professor has resigned following a Facebook rant where she called another user a "faggot" and referred to Muslims as "filthy rodents." [...]

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Broward County judge again rules Florida’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Broward-County-FL
A judge in Broward County, who in August declared Florida's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional, only to later vacate his order on a technicality, has again ruled against the ban. [...]

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Marriage News Watch: Dec. 8, 2014

Monday, December 8, 2014
Vernon Scoville, officiates during Robert Gann, left, and John Kenny Rodricks, right, wedding at the Jackson County Courthouse Legislative Chambers, Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. Scoville is retired associate circuit judge for Jackson County. Same-sex marriages began occurring Friday in the Kansas City area after a federal judge declared that Missouri's ban on gay marriage violates the U.S. Constitution.
Marriage could be coming to Florida sooner than we expected. Plus, after last week's big win, the Mississippi lawsuit is now on the fast track to an appeal. [...]

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11th Circuit rejects motion to extend stay of Florida same-sex marriage ruling

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
The Elbert P. Tuttle Courthouse in Atlanta is home to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.
A federal appeals court on Wednesday refused to extend past Jan. 5 a hold on a ruling that declared Florida's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional, possibly bringing same-sex weddings one step closer to reality. [...]

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