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Florida newspaper calls Pam Bondi a ‘modern-day Anita Bryant,’ names her ‘loser of the year’

Sunday, December 28, 2014
Pam Bondi
The Tampa Bay Times cites Bondi's “relentless defense" of the state’s same-sex marriage ban, which has been declared unconstitutional by a federal judge and four state judges. [...]

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Fla. county adds sexual orientation, gender identity to human rights ordinance

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
TAMPA, Fla. — Hillsborough County commissioners on Wednesday voted unanimously in favor of expanding the county's human rights ordinance to cover sexual orientation and gender identity. The 7-0 vote reversed a former board’s action in 1995 to strip gays and lesbians from the groups protected under the ordinance... [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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
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
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
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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