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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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Midnight brings wedding bells as marriage equality arrives in Florida

Tuesday, January 6, 2015
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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 marriage plaintiffs lead parade as Fantasy Fest wraps in Key West

Monday, October 27, 2014
Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones, who launched a landmark challenge to Florida’s same-sex marriage ban, led Saturday night’s procession atop a “wedding cake” float surrounded by 33 other couples in wedding attire.
KEY WEST, Fla. -- The elaborate 10-day Fantasy Fest costuming and masking ended Sunday on this subtropical island, following its highlight late-night parade that featured grand marshals who pioneered the Florida Keys' fight for marriage equality. ...

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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 ...

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Florida judge overturns gay marriage ban; ruling applies only to Florida Keys

Thursday, July 17, 2014
Key West plaintiffs Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones
KEY WEST, Fla -- . A judge in the Florida Keys has overturned the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage after a legal challenge by six gay couples said it effectively made them second-class citizens. The ruling was issued Thursday ...

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Key West couple’s challenge to Fla. same-sex marriage ban goes to court

Monday, July 7, 2014
Plintiffs Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones
KEY WEST, Fla. — A same-sex couple from Key West, Fla., are in court Monday for a hearing on their challenge to Florida's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Aaron Huntsman, 43, and William Lee Jones, 42, filed suit in April ...

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Key West couple files lawsuit challenging Florida’s same-sex marriage ban

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
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KEY WEST, Fla. -- A same-sex couple in Key West, Fla., has filed a lawsuit after being refused a marriage license in Monroe County. ...

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Diana Nyad becomes first to complete Cuba-Florida trip without shark cage

Monday, September 2, 2013
Andy Newman, Florida Keys News Bureau/APDiana Nyad emerges from the Atlantic Ocean after completing a 111-mile swim from Cuba to Key West, Fla.
KEY WEST, Fla. — With her lips and tongue swollen, U.S. endurance swimmer Diana Nyad edged closer to Florida on Monday in her attempt to become the first person to swim the treacherous waters from Cuba to Key West without ...

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Fla. Senate panel advances bill that would create domestic partner registry

Tuesday, April 2, 2013
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A Florida state Senate panel on Monday passed the "Families First bill," a measure that would provide limited legal protections for same-sex unmarried partners by creating a statewide domestic partnership registry. ...

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Key West police make investigation of anti-gay hate crime top priority

Monday, November 19, 2012
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KEY WEST, Fla. -- Police in this island resort city are labeling the beating of two men on November 10 an anti-gay hate crime and designated the investigation the department's top priority. ...

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