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Gay adoption ban stricken from Florida laws after four decades

Thursday, June 11, 2015
Republican Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill Thursday that removes the language from Florida's statutes - though the ban hasn't been enforced for the past five years. ...

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Key West installs permanent rainbow crosswalks

Friday, May 29, 2015
Gary Salazar, left, and Maria Walden, right, are the first to tread across Duval Street in Key West, Fla., on a new rainbow crosswalk just after four were installed at Duval and Petronia streets Thursday, May 28, 2015.
Pedestrians, bicycles and cars are traversing a colorful new section of Key West’s Duval Street following the installation of four permanent rainbow crosswalks. ...

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Leesburg, Fla., city commissioners pass law banning bias based on sexual orientation

Thursday, May 28, 2015
Leesburg city commissioners have passed a law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation after two contentious public hearings this month that divided the commission and members of the public. ...

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Florida senate panel derails discriminatory adoption bill

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
A Florida Senate panel on Monday declined to vote on a controversial proposal that would allow taxpayer-supported adoption agencies to use religious or moral beliefs to discriminate against prospective parents. ...

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Florida Legislature repeals 38‑year‑old state ban on gay adoption

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee.
Florida's nearly four-decades old ban on gay adoption - which has already been struck down by the courts and is no longer enforced - could be repealed under a bill now headed to the governor's desk. ...

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Florida clinic agrees to pay $150k in transgender employee’s discrimination suit

Monday, April 13, 2015
Lakeland Eye Clinic, Lakeland, Fla.
A central Florida eye clinic has agreed to pay $150,000 to resolve a discrimination lawsuit brought on behalf of a transgender employee who was terminated. ...

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U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio enters 2016 presidential race

Monday, April 13, 2015
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) gestures as he announces that he is running for the Republican presidential nomination during a rally at the Freedom Tower, Monday, April 13, 2015, in Miami.
Rubio entered the presidential race by offering the nation a younger generation of leadership that breaks free of ideas "stuck in the 20th century," a jab at both Democratic favorite Hillary Clinton and one-time GOP mentor, former Florida Gov. Jeb ...

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Hungarian man convicted in Florida in gay sex slave prostitution ring

Sunday, April 12, 2015
Andras Vass
Andras Janos Vass, 25, faces a minimum of 21 years behind bars and a maximum of 155 years in prison after a Miami jury convicted him late Thursday of human trafficking and racketeering. ...

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Florida House OKs ‘conscience protection’ adoption bill to allow agencies to refuse gay couples

Thursday, April 9, 2015
Private adoption agencies in Florida would be able to turn away same-sex couples based on religious and moral beliefs under a bill the House passed. ...

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Florida poised to repeal 38-year-old ban on gay adoption

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee.
Florida is poised to repeal its nearly 40-year-old ban on gay adoption, and in a stunning turnaround Wednesday, the state Senate blocked efforts to allow agencies to refuse adoptions by same-sex couples on religious or moral grounds. ...

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