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Recognition of gay marriage & LGBT equality in Florida


Quotations. Discussion of civil unions, gay
marriages, and LGBT workplace equality:

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In this web site, the acronym "SSM" refers to same-sex marriage. These terms are preferable
because it is inclusive of same-sex marriages that include one or two bisexuals. However, our
use of "gay marriage" improves access to this web site by search engines.

"LGBT" refers to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender/Transsexual community.

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U.S. map with Florida highlighted Some quotations illustrating opposing points of view about gay marriage:

  • Anon: "A loving man and woman in a committed relationship can marry. Dogs, no matter what their relationship, are not allowed to marry. How should society treat gays and lesbians in committed relationships? As dogs or as humans?"

  • E.A. Bucchianeri: "You cannot sodomize a Sacrament and expect God to say, 'Well done."

  • Dr. James C. Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family."If marriage means everything, it means absolutely nothing."

  • Frederick Douglass (1818-1895): "The marriage institution cannot exist among slaves, and one sixth of the population of democratic America is denied it's privileges by the law of the land. What is to be thought of a nation boasting of its liberty, boasting of it's humanity, boasting of its Christianity, boasting of its love of justice and purity, and yet having within its own borders three millions of persons denied by law the right of marriage? [Webmaster's note: The population of the United States has grown by a factor of almost 20 since Douglass wrote the above lines in his book "My Bondage and My Freedom." Today, the total number of lesbians, gays, and bisexuals in the U.S. [and children who will grow up to discover that they have a homosexual or bisexual orientation] is about 30 million, roughly 10% of the population.]

  • Foster Friess: "If we really want to cherish religious freedom, people who want to believe that same-sex marriage should take place, they have a right to believe that, and people who want to believe it's inappropriate, we should not demonize those people -- if we really believe in religious liberty."

  • Keith O'Brien: "Redefining marriage will have huge implications for what is taught in our schools, and for wider society. It will redefine society since the institution of marriage is one of the fundamental building blocks of society. The repercussions of enacting same-sex marriage into law will be immense. "

  • Rebecca Solnit: Recently, a lot of Americans have swapped the awkward phrase 'same-sex marriage' for the term 'marriage equality'. This phrase is ordinarily implied to mean that same-sex couples will have the rights different-sexed couples do. But it could also mean that marriage is between [two] equals. That's not what traditional marriage was. Throughout much of history in the west, the laws defining marriage made the husband essentially an owner and the wife a possession. Or the man a boss and the woman a slave.

  • Margaret Talbot: "Social conservatives seem to see a bigger threat to marriage from committed gay couples who want in on it than from straight ones who opt out of it [via divorce].

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Topics discussed in this section:

  • Florida: Introduction: Recent history, timeline & current status of gay marriage in the state.

  • Part 1: Civil unions & same-sex marriages (SSM): History. Current status. Poll results. Domestic partnership bill introduced to Senate and fails to proceed.

  • Part 2: Bill & business coalition promoting workplace equality. Lawsuit Pareto v. Rubin filed in state court.

  • Part 3: Lawsuit Pareto v. Rubin to legalize SSM (Cont'd). Reactions to the lawsuit: pro and con.

  • Part 4: Two new lawsuits to legalize SSM filed -- in Florida federal court

  • Part 5: Recent polling data on same-sex marriage in Florida. List of active lawsuits. Attorney General fights marriage equality. Briefs filed in favor of marriage equality

  • 2014-JUN-02:

    • Part 6: Hearing held in Florida state court against 2008 same-sex marriage ban

    • Part 7: Florida hearing (Cont'd).

  • 2014-JUL & AUG:
    • Part 8: Webmaster's comments. Three Circuit Judges in three Florida counties rule in favor of marriage equality

    • Part 9: Three rulings for marriage equality (Cont'd)

    • Part 10: And then there were four... County courts in Broward and Palm Beach Counties require state to recognize an out-of-state same-sex civil union and a marriage

    • Part 11: 2014-AUG: Review of Florida polling data on SSM. Federal District court rules in favor of marriage equality.

    • Part 12: 2014-AUG: Reactions to the District Court ruling. Ruling mostly stayed. Case is appealed to U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. District Court stay made temporary.

  • 2014-DEC:
    • Part 13: District Court stay to expire JAN-05. State cancels couple's driver's licenses. Liberty Counsel filed brief in state court.

    • Part 14: Three-judge panel of 11th Circuit Court refuses to extend stay on District Court's decision to permit same-sex marriage. Reactions.
      Webmaster's comments.

    • Part 15: More reactions to the 11th Circuit Court's decision. Will same-sex couples be able to marry in January? Newspaper suggests state should allow SSM. State seeks stay extension from Supreme Court.

    • Part 16: U.S. Supreme Court refuses to extend stay. Same-sex couples in some counties expected be able to marry in January. Chaos forming? Reactions to the developing confusion.

    • Part 17: Chaos forming whether same-sex couples will be able to marry throughout Florida, starting 2015-JAN-06.

    • Part 18: More chaos. Potential resolution to the chaos.

    • Part 19: State of Florida submits brief. Video showing status of SSM in Florida. District Court clarifies its August ruling.

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  • 2015-JAN until now:

    • Part 20: Reactions to Judge Hinkle's clarification. Ex-Gov. Jeb Bush's marriage equality comments.

    • Part 21: Marriage equality comes to Florida 1 day early. Same-sex couples marry, some after waiting for decades. Catholic church condmens SSM.
      Clerks cease marriage ceremonies in 14 counties.

    • Part 22: Same-sex couples marry on JAN-06 morning -- some after having waited for decades. Two Catholic bishops deliver opposing SSM messages.

    • Part 23: Anti-SSM group to fight marriage equality. Senator Marco Rubio (R) criticizes SSM. Florida Internet poll on gay marriage.

    • Part 24:The Brenner v. Scott ruling became effective. Thousands of marriage licenses issued in FL. U.S. Supreme Court legalizes SSM across the U.S.
      Redundant state law filed to protect clergy who want to continue marriage discrimination.

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Originally written: 2014-JAN-22
Latest update: 2015-OCT-12
Author: B.A. Robinson

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