U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle ruled today that Florida's gay marriage ban violates the Constitution 14th Amendment's guarantees of equal protection and due process. The federal judge's ruling follows similar rulings by state judges in four separate counties. However, like those rulings, Hinkle i ... More >>
Florida's ban on same-sex marriage is chiefly a civil rights issue, but it's also an economic issue. A new analysis by the UCLA School of Law's William Institute estimates Florida could see a $182.2 million boost to its economy if gay marriage were legalized -- and that's just in the first three y ... More >>
After three weeks of deliberation, Miami-Dade County Circuit Court Judge Sarah Zabel has ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in the Pareto v. Ruvin lawsuit, ruling that same-sex couples in Florida's most densely populated county can receive marriage licenses. That order has been stayed, however, pendin ... More >>
There will be no wedding bells ringing for gay couples in the Florida Keys tomorrow. Monroe County judge Luis Garcia ruled last week that Florida's gay marriage ban was unconstitutional, and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi immediately filed to appeal the decision. Today, Garcia refused to lift ... More >>
A Monroe County judge has struck down Florida's gay marriage ban, and ruled that licenses could be issued to same-sex partners as soon as next Tuesday. However Monroe County Circuit Judge Luis Garcia's ruling only applies to the county that's mostly continuous with the Florida Keys. It's still possi ... More >>
On Wednesday afternoon, Miami Dade Circuit Court Judge Sarah Zabel presided over a hearing regarding an issue that has torn many Floridians apart-- whether lesbian and gay couples should be allowed to marry. In 2008, 62 percent of Florida voters amended the state's constitution to only recognize ma ... More >>
Three anti-gay groups wanted to get involved in a lawsuit that seeks to overturn Florida's gay marriage ban, but have now been shut out by a Miami-Dade Circuit judge who ruled "they will not be directly and immediately affected if others enter into a same-sex marriage." See also: Pam Bondi Would Li ... More >>
The ACLU of Florida has filed a new motion in federal court demanding that Florida immediately recognize marriages of same-sex couples performed in other states or countries. ACLU spokesman Baylor Johnson tells the Herald that the group is asking U.S. District Judge Robert Hickle " to stop enforce ... More >>
Gay marriage isn't legal in Florida, but apparently gay divorce is. Sort of. There have been a handful of Florida judges granting same-sex divorces in Florida that attracted little publicity. However, a new divorce case in Tampa seeks to dissolve not only the couple's marriage but also Florida's g ... More >>
Following a lawsuit filed in January by six gay couples hoping to strike down Florida's gay marriage ban, a new lawsuit has been filed by eight other couples seeking to have Florida recognize gay marriages performed in other states. Though the first lawsuit named Miami-Dade Clerk of Court Harvey R ... More >>
Florida has a ban on gay marriage. There's no state-wide laws protecting the LGBT community from discrimination. Rick Scott is our governor. So why wouldn't an average homophobe assume that once they moved here they'd be able to continue their gay-hating ways freely? Well, one couple who sought the ... More >>
State bans on the recognition of gay marriage are falling like dominoes across the states, and a new lawsuit brought on by gay couples could lead to Florida following suit. However, a group of social conservative groups announced their intention to fight to uphold Florida's gay marriage ban today. ... More >>
Following the lead of successful lawsuits in Utah and Oklahoma in recent months, six same-sex couples in Florida plan to sue the state in order to overturn ban on same-sex marriage. Back in 2008, Florida voters narrowly approved a constitutional amendment that banned not only gay marriage but any ... More >>
A Florida condo association that had recently rewritten their bylines in a way that effectively banned non-married couples from buying or leasing in their neighborhood has retracted the policy after an uproar from gay rights groups. The Casa Di Amici Condominium Association near Sarasota now claim ... More >>
Will Florida's path to legalizing same-sex marriage come through the courts? Equality Florida is currently seeking plaintiffs to join a suit that would challenge Florida's constitutional ban on any legal recognition of same-sex partner.
In a major move toward gay marriage equality, the Supreme Court has ruled that the federal Defense of Marriage Act -- which denied federal benefits such as social security survivor payments to gay couples -- is unconstitutional. What does that mean for Florida's gay couples? State law still forbid ... More >>
Rick Scott didn't have much to say today when asked about the Supreme Court's decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act aside from correctly noting that nothing is really going to change all that much in Florida. See also: Defense of Marriage Act Is Unconstitutional, Supreme Court Rules
Earlier today Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen posed for the NOH8 gay rights campaign. Meanwhile, Sen. Marco Rubio, who as a young man got his political start as an intern in Ros-Lehtinen's congressional office, made two jaw-dropping statements in which he firmly opposed gay rights.
It was modern-day puppy love until police got involved. Kaitlyn Hunt, an 18-year-old senior at Sebastian River High School in Indian River County, had been dating a 15-year-old girl through most of the school year, but when she turned 18 the other girl's parents called police and had Hunt charged ... More >>
Financial guru Suze Orman may be packing up her partner and her jacket collection and moving to a state that recognizes gay marriage if the Supreme Court overturns DOMA.Orman currently lives in Fort Lauderdale with partner Kathy Travis, but the tax breaks that could come with federally recognized ma ... More >>
If you've been on Facebook in the past 24 hours, you've surely noticed the explosion of people using a red version of the Human Rights Campaign's logo to express their support for gay marriage as the U.S. Supreme Court hears two potentially landmark cases. That's very nice and all, but the Supreme C ... More >>
See also "Is 50 Cent Dying? Rapper Tweets Pictures from Hospital, Reaches out to Floyd Mayweather." Just one day after having his colon stretched at a New York City hospital, according to Media Takeout, 50 Cent is following in Jay-Z's footsteps and weighing in on President Obama's decision to back ... More >>
In an interview with ABC News, President Barack Obama announced this afternoon that he now supports gay marriage. It's a striking change from the commander-in-chief on the same day that North Carolina's voters followed in Florida's footsteps in passing a gay marriage ban. "I think same-sex couples s ... More >>
Florida has constitutionally banned its gay wedding cake and is trying to eat it, too.Gay couples in New York began exercising their right to marry this weekend. New York is the largest state so far to legalize gay marriage (permanently, at least), and Florida tourism boards are trying to make su ... More >>
We wouldn't wish a trip to Jackson Memorial Hospital on our worst enemies. Yet according to a new report from the Human Rights Campaign, the public Jackson Health System is the only hospital in the entire southern United States cited this year for providing equal care to LGBT patients. That's a b ... More >>
In its seemingly random sports poll released today, Public Policy Polling did sneak in a few poll questions about actual public policy. Though a majority of Americans now support gay marriage, Floridians aren't quite ready for it. Though, they do, by a large majority, support civil unions for s ... More >>
The King, it appears, hates gay people. After what an advocate called "truly one of the worst cases of a hate crime to happen in the LGBT community," a New Jersey court awarded $3.15 million to 46-year-old Noel Robichaux and 43-year-old Peter Casbar. The gay couple entered a Un ... More >>
We're of two theories about Charlie Crist's latest string of "clarifications" (or flip-flops) on some positions: (1) The guy doesn't know what he actually believes and is being as vague as possible to attract as many voters as possible. (2) He has always personally held these positions, altered t ... More >>
After a heated debate that lasted until 4 a.m. in the morning, Argentina is set to become the first country in Latin America to recognize same-sex marriage. The Senate approved the measure following the foot steps of the lower house, and President Cristina Fernandez is certain to sign the measure ... More >>
"No law can change a disturbed mind that's a disaster waiting to happen."
Florida is behind the times when it comes to gay rights, (Remember Amendment 2? And that whole adoption thing?) But at least the rest of the country is catching on. Back in 2004, New York Times/CBS conducted a poll in which they asked people, "Do you support gay marriage?" Only 22 percent of respon ... More >>
It was pretty evident to anyone with basic reading comprehension skills that the part of Amendment 2 that read, "no other legal union that is treated as marriage or the substantial equivalent thereof shall be valid or recognized," would ban civil unions in the Florida Constitution. Florida voters pa ... More >>
Murder trials, drug busts, hurricane warnings and robberies may continue to grab the "If It Bleeds, It Leads"-headlines but 2008 was a year of events that will continue to affect us well past the changing of the calendar year. Riptide counts down the biggest new stories of 2008. 10. Murder Free ... More >>
"Anyone who lays out $6 million for a South Beach condo must be smoking some good stuff."
"Finely is determining that 'gay, loving relationships' should be relegated to second-, third-, or no-tier status."
"I would never tell them to their face that I voted yes on Amendment 2 in Florida to avoid the inevitable fallout."
The Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival moves into identity-bending territory
Rick and Steve have an awfully bad adventure
A New Year's Reverie
The acclaimed playwright (and part-time Coconut Grove resident) remains an unparalleled observer of our culture -- and a genuine stickler for details