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Civil Rights
2:38 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Watch Online Chat Archive: What The Gay Marriage Rulings Mean For Florida

Florida provides no statewide alternative to same-sex marriage, and most counties (in gray above) do not formally recognize domestic partnerships.
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What do the rulings from the highest court in the United States mean for Florida's same-sex couples?  

We'll unpack the Supreme Court decisions and explain what impact they could have in the everyday lives of lesbian and gay couples, from tax filing to naturalization and wills.

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Civil Rights
1:14 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Gay Hialeah Cop Captures Struggle For Equality Through Short Film

Wil Jackson is a sergeant with the Hialeah Police Department and executive producer of The Denied.
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Floridians in same-sex marriages  and elsewhere hope to be indebted to Edith Windsor. She is the 84-year-old widow whose U.S. Supreme Court victory garnered equal federal rights for gay marriages this week.

Windsor nursed her ailing wife, Thea Spyer, until Spyer died of multiple sclerosis. Until recently gays and lesbians  Florida often have not had the opportunity to provide loved ones that kind of care if family or hospital staff objected.

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Civil Rights
7:45 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Same-Sex-Marriage Fight Shifts Back To States

Allan Hoyle of North Carolina (center) protests gay marriage outside the Supreme Court.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 8:35 pm

The dual victories the Supreme Court handed to gay-marriage supporters Wednesday seemed to temporarily shift the focus of the fight from Washington to the states.

For instance, one of the more notable reactions to the Supreme Court decisions overturning the Defense of Marriage Act and upholding a lower court ruling that blocked California's Proposition 8 from taking effect came from the American Civil Liberties Union.

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Civil Rights
7:35 am
Thu June 27, 2013

How The U.S. Supreme Court's Decision Gave Legal Gay Marriage What It Needed: Validity

THE CAUSE THEY LOST: In 2008, these protesters demonstrated in Fort Lauderdale against a gay marriage ban that was on the ballot. Sixty-two percent of the voters approved it.
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The benefits will be substantial for those who get them, but the beneficiaries of the U. S. Supreme Court's decision to strike down the Federal Defense of Marriage Act are just a small subset of  Florida's LGBT population.

They are the couples with marriage licenses from states where same-sex marriage is legal. Until now, DOMA prevented them from receiving tax breaks, Social Security, pension considerations and myriad other benefits that the federal government extends to married couples.

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Civil Rights
5:30 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Here Are Reactions From Across Florida To Wednesday's Ruling On Gay Marriage

Staff at Rosie's restaurant in Wilton Manors, a heavily gay community in Broward County, wear red in support of marriage equality.
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The Defense of Marriage Act has been declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court of the United States on the basis of equal protection.

The 5-4 ruling came down at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, sending waves of excitement across the nation.

Initial reactions online were lively comments from liberals who saw this legal development as the end of an era: 

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Law
3:38 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

NPR Special: U.S. Supreme Court Recap June 26 At 8:00 p.m. On WLRN

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The U.S. Supreme Court is finishing its year with rulings on three major cases: affirmative action in college admissions, the pre-clearance requirements of the 1965 Voting Rights Act and the status of gay marriage (Prop 8 and DOMA.)

Join host Linda Wertheimer tonight with guests Ron Elving, Senior Washington Editor; Nina Totenberg, Legal Affairs Correspondent; Tom Goldstein, publisher of SCOTUSblog and Michael Fauntroy, Associate Professor of Political Science at Howard University for an hour-long special that will look at these rulings and reflect on the past year.

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Community Contributor
3:27 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Lives In Limbo: Lesbian Couple Awaits Supreme Court Ruling On Gay Marriage

Deb Ofsowitz and Lu Mueller-Kaul on their wedding ceremony in November 2010.
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Update, June 26: This post was originally published back in April of this year but we decided to rerun it in light of today's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Last summer, my father-in-law entered the hospital in Germany. My wife, Lu Mueller-Kaul, desperately wanted to be with him. But she was in this country on a complicated visa that forbids her from returning if she leaves. She stayed as her father suffered, cursing the unfair system.

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Civil Rights
1:40 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

After DOMA: What's Next For Gay Married Couples

Edith Windsor is mobbed by journalists and supporters as she leaves the Supreme Court on March 27, when the court heard oral arguments in the case that challenged the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act.
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Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 3:47 pm

The Supreme Court's 5-4 decision Wednesday to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act is a monumental victory for advocates of same-sex marriage.

But what happens now that the 1996 federal law that confines marriage to a man and a woman has been declared unconstitutional?

Will federal benefits flow only to same-sex married couples living in states that recognize their unions?

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Civil Rights
10:19 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Court Overturns DOMA, Sidesteps Broad Gay Marriage Ruling

Plaintiff Edith Windsor of New York waves to supporters in front of the Supreme Court in Washington after the court heard arguments on her Defense of Marriage Act case.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Thu June 27, 2013 3:51 am

The Supreme Court issued rulings on two highly-anticipated cases on gay marriage today. By 5-4, it ruled the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman, is unconstitutional.

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Civil Rights
7:58 am
Wed June 26, 2013

U.S. Supreme Court Expected To Issue Historic Rulings On Gay Marriage

Gay rights activist Vin Testa of DC waves a flag outside the U.S. Supreme Court building on Tuesday in Washington, DC.
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Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 12:38 pm

Update at 10:45 A.M. ET:

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Civil Rights
7:43 am
Wed June 26, 2013

A Timeline Of Same-Sex Marriage In Florida

Though he had been a vocal opponent of gay rights, Rubin switched course and in 2004 filed several lawsuits against the gay marriage ban.

The history of gay marriage in Florida may reveal what the future holds. As counties in South Florida gave more rights to same-sex couples, the Sunshine State reinforced its opposition.

Florida is among 30 states with the most rigid same-sex marriage ban, including it in its state constitution.

The following is a brief look back at the issue in recent decades:

1977

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Business
7:00 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Miami Agency Enjoys Sweet Spot Of Gay Advertising

The creative team at Tinsley Advertising. Chief Creative Officer Dorn Martell is in the front row, third from left.
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Dorn Martell doesn't act surprised to hear gay culture is hot right now after a perfect storm of recent events from legal rulings on same-sex marriage to headlines of professional athletes coming out.

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Politics
3:00 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

How State Laws Would Still Impact Gay Marriage Regardless Of High Court Ruling

Till death do us part, so let's figure out this insurance mess.
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Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 10:47 am

Even if the Supreme Court sweeps aside barriers to federal- and state-sanctioned same-sex marriages this summer, where you live and work may still affect your access to health insurance benefits for a same-sex spouse.

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Gay Marriage And The Supreme Court
4:30 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Gay Marriage Arguments: Cellphones, The Internet And Fertility Over 55

This artist rendering shows attorney Charles J. Cooper, who was defending California's voter-passed ban on gay marriage, addressing the Supreme Court on Tuesday. From left, the justices are Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia, (Chief Justice) John Roberts, Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Samuel Alito and Elena Kagan.
Dana Verkouteren AP

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 4:25 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court heard lively arguments Tuesday in a challenge to California's Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriages.

And, as many learned painfully after last year's court decision to uphold Obamacare, it is risky business to predict how justices will rule later based on questions raised in arguments.

So we won't.

Instead, here are five areas of discussion we found interesting, even if they may not prove predictive of the outcome.

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