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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 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 Janos Vass — were charged in Miami-Dade state court with human trafficking...

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

Friday, July 25, 2014
Florida
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 Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel mirrors the decision made earlier by Monroe County Circuit Judge Luis Garcia. Both judges found the...

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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 in Monroe County after being refused a marriage license. The couple, bartenders at 801 Bourbon Bar in Key West, wanted to marry...

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Sides square off in court over Florida’s same-sex marriage ban

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Marriage equality supporters rally outside a Miami-Dad courthouse on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, where a judge was holding a hearing on a challenge to Florida's same-sex marriage ban.
MIAMI -- Attorneys for six same-sex couples, the state of Florida and proponents of so-called traditional marriage squared off Wednesday in a lawsuit seeking to overturn a ban on same-sex marriage enshrined in the state constitution by voters in 2008. Like similar cases filed across the country, the Florida gay couples' lawsuit contends that the ban is discriminatory ...

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Miami court to hear challenge to Fla. same-sex marriage ban

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Plaintiffs in Equality Florida’s challenge to Florida’s gay marriage ban.
MIAMI -- Attorneys for six same-sex couples, the Equality Florida Institute and the state of Florida are squaring off at a hearing on a lawsuit challenging Florida's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel is scheduled Wednesday afternoon to hear arguments in the high-profile case.

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Former Fla. governor Charlie Crist files brief in support of marriage equality

Monday, June 30, 2014
Charlie Crist
MIAMI -- Former Florida governor Charlie Crist on Friday filed an amicus brief in support of the marriage equality in a lawsuit challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage. The suit, Pareto v. Ruvin, was filed in January in Miami-Dade Circuit Court on behalf of Equality Florida Institute and six same-sex couples, and is one of four lawsuits challenging ...

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Fla. AG seeks to defend same-sex marriage ban in two additional lawsuits

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Attorney General Pam Bondi (R-Fla.)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, whose strong defense of the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in federal court has already prompted sharp criticism, is moving to defend the ban in two other lawsuits pending in state courts. Bondi's office on Tuesday filed motions to intervene in lawsuits that had been filed ...

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Orlando city council supports overturning same-sex marriage ban

Monday, June 23, 2014
Buddy Dyer
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Orlando's city council has voted to support overturning Florida's ban on same-sex marriage. City council members approved Mayor Buddy Dyer's proposal to file a friend of the court brief in a lawsuit set for a hearing early next month in Miami.

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Miami Beach to offer transgender healthcare benefits for city workers

Monday, June 16, 2014
Miami-Beach
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- The City of Miami Beach will be the first municipality in Florida to offer transgender benefits to city employees. The city commission voted unanimously last week to offer the coverage, which takes effect in October.

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Fla. gay rights group endorses Charlie Crist for governor

Thursday, June 12, 2014
Charlie Crist
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- Florida's largest gay rights advocacy group has endorsed Democrat Charlie Crist for governor. The endorsement is a boon for Crist, who still faces some skepticism from Democratic activists who consider his political conversion dubious.

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