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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.
Credit Equality Florida

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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State News
2:45 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Updated: Florida Lawsuit Challenges Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Two of the suit's plaintiffs are Catherina Pareto and Karla Arguello, who have been together 14 years and have a son together.
Credit Equality Florida

In Miami Tuesday, six same-sex couples filed a lawsuit challenging Florida’s constitutional ban on gay marriage. The suit by advocacy group Equality Florida joins dozens of similar cases pending across the U.S.—all with the goal of pushing nationwide marriage equality.

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State News
3:08 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Baxley Apologizes For 'Two Mommies' Comment

Rep. Dennis Baxley during a 2012 committee hearing
Florida House of Representatitves

Rep. Dennis Baxley (R-Ocala) is apologizing for comments he made that gay rights activists say disparage same-sex couples.

During a House committee meeting earlier this month, Baxley attempted to communicate the concerns of a teacher who he said, had told him about the issues facing many of the students in her classroom:

“This child has several men coming to the house, this one has two mommies, this one has an abusive father," Baxley explained.

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State News
3:48 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Anti-Gay Laws Cause Florida Cities To Reconsider Russian 'Sister City' Programs

Krasnodar is one of Tallahassee's sister cities.
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Gay rights group Equality Florida has written letters to several city governments urging them to suspend their “sister city” relationships with Russian cities in light of that country’s anti-gay policies. Florida cities are weighing the suggestion.

Officials in at least two cities have discussed ending their relationships with their Russian counterparts. Russian laws criminalizing homosexuality and unpunished violence against gays have gotten much attention ahead of the 2014 winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

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