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Miami is a city located on the Atlantic coast in southeastern Florida and the county seat of Miami-Dade County. The 42nd largest city proper in the United States, with a population of 413,892, it is the principal, central, and most populous city of the Miami metropolitan area, and the most populous metropolis in the Southeastern United States. According to the U.S. Census Bureau (2012 estimate), Miami’s metro area is the eighth most populous and fourth-largest urban area in the United States, with a population of around 5.5 million. [ Wikipedia ]

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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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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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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 judge lifts stay, same‑sex marriages begin in Miami‑Dade County

Monday, January 5, 2015
Catherina Pareto, right, and Karla Arguello, second from right, kiss after they were married by Circuit Court Judge Sarah Zabel, left, Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, in Miami. Zabel provided a jump-start Monday to Florida's entry as the 36th state where gays and lesbians can legally marry, saying she saw no reason why same-sex couples couldn't immediately get their licenses in Miami-Dade County ahead of a midnight launch statewide.
Lesbian and gay couples were wed in Miami on Monday by the same judge who approved their marriage licenses, hours before Florida's coming-out party as the nation's 36th state where same-sex marriages are now legal statewide. ...

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Florida court won’t allow divorce for same-sex couple who married in Iowa

Friday, December 26, 2014
The court ruled that a same-sex couple married in Iowa cannot get a divorce in Florida in a case that did not challenge the state's ban on same-sex marriage. ...

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Miami-Dade County adds gender identity to human rights ordinance

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Miami, Fla.
MIAMI -- The Miami-Dade County Commission on Tuesday voted to amend its existing Human Rights Ordinance to prohibit discrimination in housing, public accommodations and employment on the basis of gender identity and gender expression. The county is the latest ...

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Miami-Dade County set to vote on transgender rights ordinance

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Miami, Fla.
MIAMI -- The Miami-Dade County Commission is set to vote on an ordinance that would ban discrimination against transgender men and women. The commission is expected to vote Tuesday on the measure that would expand the county's law that prohibits ...

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Hungarian nationals arrested in gay sex trafficking in South Florida

Friday, October 3, 2014
Viktor Berki, left, and Andras Janos Vass.
MIAMI -- Three Hungarian nationals are facing sex trafficking charges after authorities say they lured young gay Hungarian men to South Florida and forced them into prostitution. WTVJ-TV reports that the suspected ringleaders — Gabor Acs, Viktor Berki and Andras ...

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Same-sex marriage ban struck down for Miami area, ruling put on hold

Friday, July 25, 2014
MIAMI -- A Florida judge on Friday overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage in a ruling that applies to Miami-Dade County, agreeing with a judge in another county who made a similar ruling last week. The ruling issued by ...

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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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