In an unusual move, the Florida Supreme Court justices today decided to rule on case involving the state's same-sex marriage ban, according to the Orlando Sentinel. The case will skip the traditional appeal process after the Second District Court of Appeal directly asked the Florida Supreme Court to ... More >>
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 >>
Browse the Facebook page of the Florida Democratic League for a few seconds and you'll come across a disturbing image of an effigy of a black man hanging from a lamp post with a sign attached to his dead body: "This n***** voted." The image accompanied a rant on Miami-Dade Judge Sarah I. Zabel's d ... More >>
Marco Rubio, a man who used to attend South Beach foam parties, is shifting toward full-out cultural conservative warrior mode as he prepares for his political future. In a speech today before the Catholic University of America's Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies, he stressed a ne ... 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 >>
Across Florida, same sex couples are anxiously awaiting rulings on three lawsuits challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage. But couples are already planning out where to gather when the rulings finally land, which could happen any day. "Melanie and I have been on pins and needles all week ... 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 >>
We have good news for those who like to fight for marriage equality in Florida in the sweetest way possible. The Big Gay Ice Cream Social will return to Miami Beach during the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. Join celebrity chef Art Smith poolside for an afternoon of fun and free ice cream for a ... More >>
With all those murderous maids, seductive priests, and double-crossing fiancés, a gay wedding would actually be one of the least dramatic things in a telenovela. Yet, until this week, Univision had never aired one.
Tim Hardaway, the man who once proudly and loudly proclaimed "I hate gay people," is now the first Floridian to sign a new petition to put gay marriage back on the ballot in Florida.
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.
The response to the Supreme Court's decisions on gay marriage yesterday by both of Florida's senators couldn't have been more different. Democrat Bill Nelson released a terse 17-word statement supporting the decision, while Marco Rubio spent 482 words explaining why he doesn't he agree with it.
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen has followed in the footsteps of the likes of the Kardashian sisters and the cast of Glee by getting "NOH8" painted over her face, duct tape placed over her mouth, and a ring flashed for the gay rights campaign. Whiles Ros-Lehtinen isn't the first member of congress to pose ... More >>
Florida voters have pulled a Charlie Crist-esque turnaround on gay marriage one month after several states passed LGBT equality measures. But Sunshine State voters still can't get behind another big winner in November's elections -- the marijuana legalization measures in Colorado and Washington.That ... More >>
Coral Gables has joined seven other local municipalities and Miami-Dade County in passing a Domestic Partnership ordinance which grants LGBT city employees partnership benefits.The issue came to a head after an openly lesbian police officer was denied bereavement leave after the death of the father ... More >>
With rumors swirling that Charlie Crist may run for governor as a Democrat in 2014, many are wondering how a former conservative Republican can run as a Democrat. Others believe he's a political opportunist that would say and do anything to get elected. Well, Riptide has exclusively uncovered his ne ... More >>
These days, a chicken sandwich is seen as the meal of champions for right wing conservatives and a bowl of cereal can mean you want to lead the next pride parade. This got us thinking...what other political statements are our foods making? Now granted, no one will ever know how a sandwich feels abou ... 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 >>
Not everyone is happy with President Barack Obama's announcement yesterday that he personally supports the idea of gay marriage, least of all the evangelical Florida pastor who is an important adviser to the president. Rev. Joel Hunter, leader of an Orlando-area megachurch, says he is "disappointed" ... 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 >>
Will Florida's Evangelical voters line up behind a thrice-divorced serial adulterer with, reportedly, a thing for open marriages? Newt Gingrich's campaign sure thinks so, and hopes that Mitt Romney's flip-floppy past on things like gay marriage and abortion seals the deal with values voter ... More >>
via WTSP The Lambert-JolleysAs Florida residents, Rachel and Charlotte Lambert-Jolley knew that their marriage in Connecticut, where same sex weddings are legal, wouldn't be recognized in their own home state. They at least hoped, however, that it would help expedite the process of legally changi ... More >>
John Stemberger, the top dog of Florida's religious right and the man who spearheaded the amendment that banned gay marriage and civil unions in Florida, has officially endorsed Texas Gov. Rick Perry in the presidential nomination. Though Stemberger is chummy with Michele Bachman ... More >>
Al Cardenas, the Miami mega-lobbyist and lawyer who once headed the Republican Party of Florida and now head of the influential American Conservative Union, has exercised his right to be married to a woman named Diana for the past 32 years. Though, it seems Diana is dead set against extending the ... More >>
Just months after Miami Shores residents elected their first openly gay councilman, village council has unanimously voted to offer domestic partnership benefits to its gay employees. Miami Shores is now the sixth municipal government in Miami-Dade to offer such benefits, following Miami, Miami Be ... More >>
Except for the 2009 edition, the NFL's Pro Bowl has been held in Honolulu, Hawaii since 1979, but the state's new governor is sick of spending $4 million to secure the relationship every year. In a blistering attack on the NFL, Democratic Gov. Neil Abercrombie suggested it could take its Pro Bowl ... More >>
It's 2011, and the only candidate running for Miami-Dade mayor who is polling in the double digits to get perfect marks from Equality Florida's voting guide on GLBT issues happens to be former-2 Live Crew leader Luther Campbell. It's odd indeed. The leading candidates Julio Robaina and Carlos Gim ... More >>
George Alan Rekers, latest in a long line of closeted homophobes.Unless you've spent the last 48 hours holed up in a French B&B humping the homosexuality right out of your rent-a-boy, you've probably heard about Miami New Times' exposé of gay-bashing evangelist George Alan Rekers' European trys ... More >>
I didn't want to put up another pix of LeMieux's face, so in its place is the greatest picture of all time. Remember when Mel Martinez deemed his primary opponent Bill McCollum as the "new darling of the homosexual extremists?" Well, now he's being replaced by the new new darling of the homosexua ... More >>
Once apon a time Jon & Kate Gosselin were folk heros in the pro-life movement for refusing to selectively reduce a few embryos after Kates invitro fertilization resulted in six fertilized eggs. Instead they chose to take their chances with having sextuplets, which t ... More >>
via Made Underground's FlickrToday, the City of Miami Commission took a tiny little step in the right direction towards equality by unanimously passing a Domestic Partnership Ordinance, 5-0. The new policy will only effect City employees by extending health care benefits to their same-sex ... More >>
The Buzz has the full list of members on the Bill McCollum for governor finance committee. It is a massive thing full of the state's top Republican business men, lawyers, lobbyists and other assorted movers and shakers. Then again, what do you expect on a finance committee? Though, you might no ... More >>
Queen fight! Attention, everyone, Queen fight! No, seriously: It's South Beach's reigning queen versus the self-proclaimed "Queen of All Media" fighting over a beauty queen. Miami's premier drag queen and local paragon of sophistication and elegance, Elaine Lancaster, took to Steve Rothaus's ... More >>
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 >>
Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight.com correctly predicted the outcome of the presidential election, and because of that, he can find the answer to everything with a few clicks of his calculator. Except for the Oscars; he sure got those wrong. Sorry, Mickey. Now Silver is trying to predict the years whe ... 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."
"I would never tell them to their face that I voted yes on Amendment 2 in Florida to avoid the inevitable fallout."
Hell yeah, a pretty good weekend for football. The Fins pulled off another upset, this time against the Bills. [ESPN] The Canes got their second ACC win against Wake Forest. [ESPN] Matt Damon is corrupting our local youth with his socialist ideals. [CBS4] The chill you felt go down your spine this p ... More >>
The name Eduardo Verastegui kept coming up when I was searching for blog material. I didn't know who the hell he was (sorry don't watch many Telenovelas), but when he officially announced his endorsement of McCain I decided to do a bit of research. Mainly because it seemed he was the Brad Pitt of Me ... More >>
This past week, The Miami Herald blasted a comforting message: The state’s proposed gay marriage ban isn’t doing so hot. Polls show Amendment 2 is lacking up to 19 percent of the voter support it needs to pass in Florida. On top of that, Mayor Manny Diaz, the Miami City Commission, and the Browa ... More >>
During last night's School Board meeting a man asked the board members to put as much effort into trying to save jobs as they did into getting rid of Rudy Crew. Whoops. They cut 370 positions throughout the district. [Herald] Tougher voter ID laws are going into effect a month before the election. [ ... More >>
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