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2:37 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Gay Marriage Ban: Group Talks Bondi’s Latest Filing, New Survey Shows Opinions Divided

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A gay rights advocacy group agrees with a decision by Attorney General Pam Bondi to let the state’s high court decide whether Florida’s gay marriage ban is legal.

Bondi's Latest Request

Late Monday, Bondi’s office filed a request with 3rd district Court of Appeal to allow the Florida Supreme Court to immediately review the ban. And, Equality Florida’s Deputy Director Stratton Pollitzer says it’s about time Bondi came to that decision. His group helped six same-sex couples file one of the two Florida cases in question.

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State News
3:34 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Gay Marriage Advocates Exploring Whether Appeal Is Possible In Florida Keys Stay

Equality Florida held a dozen celebrations around the state after Thursday's Monroe County ruling. This wedding cake was at the Tampa celebration.
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Florida gay-marriage advocates are exploring legal options to get Monroe County to be allowed to issue same-sex marriage licenses. State Attorney General Pam Bondi immediately appealed a judge’s ruling Thursday—at least temporarily stopping wedding plans in the Florida Keys.

For a short time Thursday, it looked like same-sex couples could start getting married soon in the Keys.

“I have a feeling that there were a couple of hours yesterday where guest houses were getting a lot of reservations for next week," says Equality Florida Deputy Director Stratton Pollitzer. 

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State News
3:25 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Next Week, Judge To Hear From Groups Hoping To Defend Gay Marriage Ban In Court

Protesters voice opposition to Florida's ban on same-sex unions, which was added to the state constitution in 2008 as Amendment 2.
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A hearing has been scheduled for next week in a Miami lawsuit challenging Florida’s constitutional ban on gay marriage. A judge will decide whether to allow several socially conservative groups the chance to defend the ban in court.

The suit was filed by six same-sex couples with help from LGBT-rights group Equality Florida and the National Center for Lesbian Rights. Next week circuit judge Sarah Zabel will hear arguments from the Florida Family Policy Council and other groups trying to intervene on behalf of voters who put the same-sex union ban in the state constitution.

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State News
6:13 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Can AGs Pick And Choose Which State Laws To Defend, Like Gay Marriage Bans?

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Attorneys General around the country are split over whether they will defend their respective gay marriage bans. Some, like Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, say she’ll defend the law, while others say they won’t. So, how are Attorneys General able to pick and choose which state laws they want to defend?

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State News
5:30 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Florida Gay Marriage Lawsuit Mobilizes Supporters, Opponents

Summer Greene and Pam Faerber are one of the six couples suing to try to strike down Florida's gay marriage ban.
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With a suit filed this week, Florida became the latest battleground state in the national push to legalize gay marriage. The move has motivated a coalition of religious groups to plan a campaign aimed at swaying public opinion against same-sex unions as the case goes before a Miami judge.

Summer Greene remembers the moment last year she learned the U.S. Supreme Court had struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

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