gay marriage http://blog.wlrn.org en How Florida's Gay-Marriage Advocates Plan To Win In The Court Of Public Opinion http://blog.wlrn.org/post/how-floridas-gay-marriage-advocates-plan-win-court-public-opinion <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lawsuits challenging state bans on gay marriage are piling up across the country, and winning doesn't only rest on having a compelling legal case. Building a plaintiff "dream team" is a major component of strong legal strategy.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“You want plaintiffs who are sympathetic,” explains Nova Southeastern law professor Bob Jarvis. “In front of a jury, you want to say this could be your neighbors, your friends, your coworkers or you.”&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:09:27 +0000 Arianna Prothero 30743 at http://blog.wlrn.org How Florida's Gay-Marriage Advocates Plan To Win In The Court Of Public Opinion ACLU Sues Florida For The Rights Of Married Same-Sex Couples http://blog.wlrn.org/post/aclu-sues-florida-rights-married-same-sex-couples <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A new lawsuit challenging part of Florida’s ban on gay marriage has been filed in a federal district court in Tallahassee.<br /><br />The ACLU of Florida is representing 8 same-sex couples who say their U.S. constitutional rights are being violated because Florida doesn’t recognize their out-of-state marriages. The lawsuit names Governor Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi and two other state officials as defendants.<br /> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 17:44:01 +0000 Arianna Prothero 29171 at http://blog.wlrn.org ACLU Sues Florida For The Rights Of Married Same-Sex Couples How The Fight For Gay Marriage In Florida Began http://blog.wlrn.org/post/how-fight-gay-marriage-florida-began <p>This week’s (Jan. 21<sup>)</sup>announcement that <strong><a href="http://wlrn.org/post/six-same-sex-couples-sue-right-marry-florida" target="_blank">six Florida gay and lesbian couples were going to court to try to reverse the state ban on same-sex marriage</a></strong> has its roots in the 2008 election.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That was when Amendment Two passed, defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman.</span></p><p>That’s when Equality Florida began looking at the court system as a strategy.</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 12:48:51 +0000 Kelley Mitchell 26822 at http://blog.wlrn.org How The Fight For Gay Marriage In Florida Began Six Same-Sex Couples Sue For The Right To Marry In Florida http://blog.wlrn.org/post/six-same-sex-couples-sue-right-marry-florida <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Six couples from South Florida are legally <a href="http://eqfl.org/pressprep" target="_blank">challenging the state's ban</a> on same-sex marriage.</span></p><p>Same-sex couples have never been allowed to marry in Florida. But six years ago a majority of voters chose to amend the state constitution to ban gay marriage.</p><p>Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, attorney Shannon Minter argued minority rights should never be put up to a popular vote.</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 18:12:04 +0000 Arianna Prothero 26750 at http://blog.wlrn.org Six Same-Sex Couples Sue For The Right To Marry In Florida It's History Night! Stonewall, South Africa And MLK http://blog.wlrn.org/post/its-history-night-stonewall-south-africa-and-mlk <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Thursday nights,&nbsp;WLRN&nbsp;looks back at the&nbsp;people, places and major events that have shaped South Florida, the United States and our modern world.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On January 16, Channel 17 presents three shows pegged to these headlines and current events --&nbsp;a string of historic legal and legislative&nbsp;successes by America's&nbsp;gay and lesbian community; last year's death of South African President Nelson Mandela and next week's Martin Luther King holiday:</span></p><p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 02:00:00 +0000 Daniel Hicks 26404 at http://blog.wlrn.org It's History Night! Stonewall, South Africa And MLK Lawmakers Hold First Broward LGBT Town Hall http://blog.wlrn.org/post/lawmakers-hold-first-broward-lgbt-town-hall <p>In conjunction with LGBT History Month, state legislators met Monday night to host what was billed as the state’s first town hall meeting specifically focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues.</p><p>It was standing room only in Wilton Manors City Hall, where the room buzzed with enthusiasm fueled by this summer’s Supreme Court rulings striking down the Defense of Marriage Act and also allowing federal benefits for domestic partners.</p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 16:18:02 +0000 Rachel Morello 22841 at http://blog.wlrn.org Lawmakers Hold First Broward LGBT Town Hall Getting Federal Benefits To Gay Couples: It's Complicated http://blog.wlrn.org/post/getting-federal-benefits-gay-couples-its-complicated It has been four months since the U.S. Supreme Court <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/06/26/195956196/supreme-court-extends-gay-marriage-rights-with-two-rulings" target="_blank">struck down a law</a> that defined marriage as between a man and a woman. Tue, 22 Oct 2013 12:16:01 +0000 Carrie Johnson 22476 at http://blog.wlrn.org Getting Federal Benefits To Gay Couples: It's Complicated New Push For Adding 'T' To 'LGB' In Miami-Dade's Human Rights Ordinance http://blog.wlrn.org/post/new-push-adding-t-lgb-miami-dades-human-rights-ordinance <p></p><p>More than 60 activists huddled in the shade during a rally on Sunday in support of an amendment to the Miami-Dade County human rights ordinance. They were joined by faith leaders including Temple Israel of Greater Miami, Unity on the Bay and All Souls' Episcopal Church.</p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 18:44:17 +0000 Wilson Sayre 21045 at http://blog.wlrn.org New Push For Adding 'T' To 'LGB' In Miami-Dade's Human Rights Ordinance The Triumphant Gay Revolution http://blog.wlrn.org/post/triumphant-gay-revolution <div style="font-family: 'Segoe UI', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: normal; margin: 0px;"></div><div style="font-family: 'Segoe UI', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: normal; margin: 0px;"><font face="Times New Roman,serif" size="4"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">08/27/13 - Tuesday's&nbsp;</span></font><a href="https://twitter.com/TopicalCurrents"><font face="Times New Roman,serif" size="4"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><b>Topical Currents</b></span></font></a><font face="Times New Roman,serif" size="4"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;is with attorney and author <strong><a href="http://www.gayvictorybook.com/">Linda Hirshman</a></strong>, who documents the &nbsp;gay rights movement in her book,&nbsp;</span></font><font face="Times New Roman,serif" size="4"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><i><a href="http://amzn.to/19KvOx9"><strong>VICTORY:&nbsp; The Triumphant Gay Revolution</strong></a>.&nbsp;</i></span></font><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;">Over the past 40 years, gay rights have advanced remarkably:&nbsp; from sexual activities being a criminal offense in most every state, to New York State’s legalization of same-sex marriage in 2011.&nbsp;</span><font face="Times New Roman,serif" size="4"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Listen in Tuesday at 1pm for&nbsp;</span></font><a href="https://www.facebook.com/TopicalCurrents"><font face="Times New Roman,serif" size="4"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><b>Topical Currents</b></span></font></a><font face="Times New Roman,serif" size="4"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">.</span></font></div><div style="font-family: 'Segoe UI', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: normal; margin: 0px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-family: 'Segoe UI', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: normal; margin: 0px;"><br> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Joseph Cooper, Bonnie Berman & Paul Leary 19641 at http://blog.wlrn.org The Triumphant Gay Revolution Pentagon Details Plan To Extend Benefits To Same-Sex Spouses http://blog.wlrn.org/post/pentagon-details-plan-extend-benefits-same-sex-spouses The Department of Defense announced Wednesday that it is extending full benefits to the same-sex spouses of service members and civilian employees.<p>The move is an effort to bring Pentagon policies in line with a Supreme Court decision that found the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/06/26/195857796/supreme-court-strikes-down-defense-of-marriage-act">Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional</a>.<p>"The Department of Defense remains committed to ensuring that all men and women who serve in the U.S. Wed, 14 Aug 2013 19:08:00 +0000 19039 at http://blog.wlrn.org Pentagon Details Plan To Extend Benefits To Same-Sex Spouses After DOMA Ruling, Binational Gay Couples Face New Issues http://blog.wlrn.org/post/after-doma-ruling-binational-gay-couples-face-new-issues Now that the Supreme Court <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/06/26/195881288/after-doma-whats-next-for-gay-married-couples">struck down a key section of the Defense of Marriage Act</a>, or DOMA, same-sex couples can apply for their foreign-born husbands, wives and fiancees to join them in the United States.<p>There are an estimated 28,000 gay and lesbian binational couples in the country, and for years many have been separated by immigration laws that didn't recognize their marriage.<p>Brian Mathers and his husband, Isidro, have been together for 13 years, but they've been livi Mon, 15 Jul 2013 21:55:24 +0000 Durrie Bouscaren 17463 at http://blog.wlrn.org After DOMA Ruling, Binational Gay Couples Face New Issues Gay Couple's Green Card Victory Activates Florida's Same-Sex Marriage Supporters http://blog.wlrn.org/post/gay-couples-green-card-victory-activates-floridas-same-sex-marriage-supporters <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Julian Marsh and Traian “Tray” Popov have two computers in the office of their Fort Lauderdale home. &nbsp;But when the couple shows off their wedding photos, they use the desktop with the bigger screen.</span></p><p>"I think we both said that was absolutely the most special moment EVER in our lives," says Marsh.</p><p>They’ve been married less than a year.&nbsp; And like many newlyweds, they admit they were so nervous during the ceremony that some of it is a blur.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Christine DiMattei 17095 at http://blog.wlrn.org Gay Couple's Green Card Victory Activates Florida's Same-Sex Marriage Supporters Binational Gay Couple In Fort Lauderdale Becomes First To Receive U.S. Green Card http://blog.wlrn.org/post/binational-gay-couple-fort-lauderdale-becomes-first-receive-us-green-card <p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; line-height: 19px; color: rgb(26, 39, 50); font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Two Fort Lauderdale men are the first wedded same-sex couple recognized by the United States for a green card, winning their immigration battle two days after the Supreme Court ordered the federal government to honor gay marriages.</p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 14:37:47 +0000 Steve Rothaus 16694 at http://blog.wlrn.org Binational Gay Couple In Fort Lauderdale Becomes First To Receive U.S. Green Card How Will The GOP React To DOMA Ruling? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/how-will-gop-react-doma-ruling Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.<p>This was a week of big Supreme Court decisions which will have long-lasting implications and are also certain to present plenty of opportunities for partisan politics.<p>NPR's national political correspondent Mara Liasson joins us now to talk it through.<p>Hello, Mara.<p>MARA LIASSON, BYLINE: Hello, Linda.<p>WERTHEIMER: Let's start with the Defense of Marriage Act, DOMA, the 1996 law the Supreme Court struck down in their last session. Mon, 01 Jul 2013 10:34:30 +0000 16687 at http://blog.wlrn.org Week Of The Supremes: Gay Marriage And Voting Rights http://blog.wlrn.org/post/week-supremes-gay-marriage-and-voting-rights <p></p><p>On The Florida Roundup, we take a look at three big decisions out of Washington, D.C. this week: the U.S. Supreme Court decisions on gay marriage and the <a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/06/25/3469760/supreme-courts-voting-rights-act.html" target="_blank">Voting Rights Act</a> as well as the U.S. Senate's vote on the immigration bill.</p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Elaine Chen 16556 at http://blog.wlrn.org Week Of The Supremes: Gay Marriage And Voting Rights