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Historic Day For Diversity: Senate Confirms Two Judges, Who Are Gay, Black, To Federal Bench

by David Badash ● 1:39 PM June 17, 2014
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For the first time in history, the U.S. Senate today confirmed two judges who happen to be openly-gay, and Black, to the federal bench.

Marriage

Breaking: Judge Tells Florida Anti-Gay Groups Same-Sex Marriage Doesn’t Affect Them

by David Badash ● 6:36 PM June 3, 2014
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A state court judge has just denied a request by three anti-gay organizations who asked to be given standing to defend Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Bigotry Watch

Anti-Gay Activist Anita Bryant ‘Makes Me Think Of My Own Mother’ Says HLN’s Nancy Grace

by David Badash ● 5:17 PM June 3, 2014
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Almost everyone, regardless of age, probably remembers Anita Bryant for two reasons: hawking Florida orange juice and leading a hate-filled campaign for years against gay people. Everyone, except HLN’s Nancy Grace.

Discrimination

AG: Gay Marriage Imposes ‘Significant Public Harm’ Is A ‘Good Faith Legal Argument’

by David Badash ● 8:55 AM June 3, 2014
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Pam Bondi is claiming that her stalwart defense of the Florida law banning same-sex marriage is merely her responsibility as Attorney General given her oath of office.

J. Rudy Flesher

Sex Discrimination in Florida Schools: ‘Busy Boys and Little Ladies’

by J. Rudy Flesher ● 11:27 AM June 2, 2014
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ACLU opposed to Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s claims that “Boys and Girls Learn Differently.”

Discrimination

Florida Attorney General Suggests Gays Don’t Have ‘Stable And Enduring Family Units’

by David Badash ● 10:56 AM May 31, 2014
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Florida’s 48-year old Tea Party Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi has also suggested that same-sex couples don’t create stable or enduring homes.

Marriage

Gay Marriage Would ‘Impose Significant Public Harm’ Says Attorney General Married Three Times

by David Badash ● 3:15 PM May 30, 2014
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The Attorney General of Florida has filed papers in federal court claiming that recognizing out-of-state legal civil same-sex marriages would “impose significant public harm.”

Bigotry Watch

GOP Lawmaker: Common Core Will Make ‘Every One Of Your Children…As Homosexual’ As Possible

by David Badash ● 4:56 PM May 19, 2014
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A state Republican lawmaker is claiming that Common Core, a public school education guidelines program, will turn children gay.

Civil Rights

Federal Judge Tells Florida Family Association: Mind Your Own Business

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 9:52 AM April 30, 2014
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The Florida Family Association’s generalized interest in opposing same-sex marriage does not entitle it to intervene. – Federal Judge Robert Hinkle

Marriage

ACLU Demands Florida Recognize Same-Sex Marriages Performed Out Of State

by David Badash ● 12:42 PM April 29, 2014
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In conjunction with an ongoing same-sex marriage lawsuit, the ACLU of Florida has just petitioned a federal court demanding it instruct the state of Florida to recognize same-sex marriage performed out of state.

News

Florida Man Accused Of Attempting To Murder Lesbian Couple And Their 8 Children

by David Badash ● 9:25 AM April 4, 2014
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73-year old Braulio Valenzuela-Villanueva, reportedly a registered sex offender, is in jail, arrested for the attempted murder of a lesbian couple and their eight children.

Actions

Florida State Representative Joe Saunders Gives Lawmakers The Gay Perspective

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 8:00 AM March 5, 2014
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Video: Florida State Rep. Joe Saunders added something to the debate today that has been missing too often in the past – the LGBT perspective.

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Republican Ana Rivas Logan Switches Parties. Is She Charlie Crist’s Running Mate?

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 2:04 PM February 13, 2014
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The Republican Party “attacks women and minorities.” – Ana Rivas Logan

Marriage

Big Marriage Defeat Looms in 2014 (Parts 6 And 7)

by Ned Flaherty ● 5:14 PM January 23, 2014
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Republican political operatives are about to give anti-LGBT hate groups just what they crave: a lopsided defeat for gay rights in the deepest South. (Parts 6 and 7)