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Columnist: Disney is ‘indoctrinating’ children with ‘pro-gay agenda’

| Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Douglas MacKinnon
A conservative columnist for the Tampa Tribune criticized the Walt Disney Co. for allegedly pushing a “pro-gay agenda,” asserting that the company is using its programming to “indoctrinate” children about “gay lifestyles and gay marriage.” In his August 12 column, Douglas MacKinnon – a former aide to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush – charged that Disney ...

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Fla. church abruptly cancels funeral after learning deceased man was gay

| Friday, August 8, 2014
Julion Evans and Kendall Capers
TAMPA, Fla. -- A Florida woman says her Tampa church cancelled her son's funeral after the pastor learned the deceased was gay and his obituary listed a surviving "husband." Julie Atwood says she was told by New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Tampa, Fla., that it would be "blasphemous" to hold the services at the church because her son, Julion Evans, 42, was gay...

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Eighth GOP member of Congress announces support for marriage equality

| Monday, July 21, 2014
U.S. Rep. David Jolly (R-Fla.)
U.S. Rep. David Jolly (R-Fla.), a Tampa Bay-area Republican, said Monday he supported last week's ruling by a Monroe County, Fla., judge who said Florida's ban on same-sex marriage is discriminatory and violates gay people's right to equal treatment under the law. "As a matter of my Christian faith, I believe in traditional marriage," Jolly said in a statement. "But...

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Charlie Crist wages populist campaign for Florida governor

| Saturday, February 8, 2014
Chris O'Meara, AP (File)Charlie Crist
MIAMI -- When former GOP Gov. Charlie Crist announced he'd run for his old job as a Democrat in 2014, party leaders rejoiced at the prospect of a pragmatic candidate able to win back centrist Republicans and independent voters who had soured on incumbent Rick Scott.

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Fla. teen gets 25 years in prison for attempted murder of transgender woman

| Monday, December 9, 2013
Spencer
TAMPA, Fla. - A Florida teenager in has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for the attempted murder of a transgender woman.

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Fla. teen found guilty of trying to kill transgender woman

| Friday, November 1, 2013
Tavares Spencer
TAMPA, Fla. -- A Florida teen accused of trying to kill a transgender woman has been found guilty of attempted murder.

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Immigration reform in spotlight with marches across the U.S. this weekend

| Friday, October 4, 2013
Immigration
In more than 150 cities around the country, Immigrants and their allies will gather and march this weekend to remind the nation that despite the feuds in Congress over the debt ceiling and health care - despite the government shutdown - they are still here and still demanding immigration reform.

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Tampa church evicts Boy Scout troop after 60 years over policy to allow gay youth

| Thursday, August 29, 2013
Holy-Trinity
TAMPA, Fla. — A Tampa church has told a Boy Scout troop that it won't renew its sponsorship because of the national organization's decision not to ban openly gay Scouts.

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U.S. Supreme Court rulings on marriage equality to bolster gay pride events

| Sunday, June 30, 2013
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SAN FRANCISCO — Cities across the nation were gearing up Sunday for what were expected to be especially well-attended and exuberant gay pride parades following the U.S. Supreme Court decisions restoring same-sex marriages to California and granting gay couples the federal benefits of marriage they were previously denied.

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Tampa teen faces hate crime charges in attack on transgender woman

| Friday, May 31, 2013
Tavares Spencer
TAMPA, Fla. -- A Florida teen has been charged with a hate crime for allegedly robbing, then shooting a 22-year-old transgender woman in April.

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