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Huntsman v. Heavilin

Huntsman v. Heavilin is a challenge to Florida's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, filed April 1, 2014, in Monroe County, Fla., on behalf of a same-sex couple in Key West, seeking the freedom to marry. The case was argued on July 7, 2014. On July 17, 2014, Circuit Judge Luis M. Garcia ruled the ban unconstitutional. The ruling is on hold pending appeal.

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Midnight brings wedding bells as marriage equality arrives in Florida

Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Aaron Huntsman, left, and William Lee Jones kiss after being declared legally married early Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, on the steps of the Monroe County Courthouse. The couple obtained the first same-sex marriage license issued in the Florida Keys. Huntsman and Jones helped to pave the way for marriage equality in Florida with a lawsuit protesting the state's 2008 ban on same-sex marriage.
Florida's ban on same-sex marriage ended statewide at the stroke of midnight Monday, and court clerks in some counties wasted no time, issuing marriage licenses and performing weddings for same-sex couples in the early morning hours. [...]

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Florida same-sex couples prepare for marriage ban to fall at midnight

Monday, January 5, 2015
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Florida's ban on marriages between same-sex couples is headed for a midnight end, with wedding vows planned around the state. [...]

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Florida AG appeals same-sex marriage rulings in state, federal appeals courts

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Attorney General Pam Bondi (R-Fla.)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has filed appeals in both state and federal appeals courts, seeking to overturn a number of rulings declaring Florida's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional by declaring that the trial courts' rulings "were wrong." [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Fla. court rejects Bondi’s request to delay same-sex marriage appeals

Thursday, August 28, 2014
Marriage equality supports gather outside a Florida courthouse on July 2, 2014.
MIAMI -- A Miami-based appeals court has rejected Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi's request that two same-sex marriage cases be delayed until the U.S. Supreme Court decides the issue nationally. The 3rd District Court of Appeal ruled Thursday that the cases from Miami-Dade and Monroe counties will move forward. [...]

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Key West plaintiffs seek to appeal marriage ruling to Fla. Supreme Court

Monday, July 28, 2014
Plintiffs Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones
MIAMI -- Attorneys for two Key West men challenging the state's ban on same sex marriage want the Florida Supreme Court to take up the case. The lawyers representing the Monroe County couple filed a motion Monday asking that the ... [...]

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UPDATE: Fla. appeals court won’t lift stay in same-sex marriage case

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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MIAMI -- A Florida appeals court will not overturn a judge's order that is blocking a Florida Keys gay couple from getting married. The Miami-based 3rd District Court of Appeal on Wednesday refused to invalidate a Monroe County judge's decision preventing a wedding for Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones [...]

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Judge won’t lift stay in Fla. Keys same-sex marriage ruling

Monday, July 21, 2014
Marriage equality supports gather outside a Florida courthouse on July 2, 2014.
MIAMI -- A Florida Keys judge who last week ruled the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional has denied a request to permit gay couples to marry in Monroe County over a pending state appeal. [...]

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Judge asked to lift stay in Fla. Keys same-sex marriage ruling

Monday, July 21, 2014
Aaron Huntsman, left, and William Lee Jones, right, embrace during a celebration Thursday, July 17, 2014, in Key West, Fla. Jones and Hunstman and about 100 other people marked a Florida Keys judge's ruling overturning Florida's ban on same-sex marriage.
MIAMI -- A Florida Keys judge who last week ruled the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional was asked Monday to permit gay couples to marry in Monroe County despite a pending state appeal. The motion was filed Monday morning with Monroe County Circuit Judge Luis Garcia by attorneys [...]

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