Marco Rubio Pleads for "Tolerance" for His Intolerance of Gay Marriage

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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 need for "tolerance" of those who are intolerant of gay marriage.

Perhaps "please tolerate my intolerance" would make a good slogan for his 2016 campaign.

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Judge Won't Allow Gay Marriage to Start in the Keys Tomorrow

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Attorney General Pam Bondi
No wedding bells will ring 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 Bondi's stay, and the ban will remain in effect while the case works it way through the appeals process.

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Judge Strikes Down Gay Marriage Ban in the Florida Keys; Pam Bondi to Appeal

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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 possible that Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi could request a stay on the decision.

The defendants in the case are Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones, two bartenders who have been a couple for 11 years. Their case mirrors another in Miami-Dade involving six same-sex couple before Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel. She has yet to issue a ruling, but is expected to within the month.

Update: Bondi has indeed announced her decision to appeal the decision. See more below.

See also: Florida Couples Anxiously Await Ruling on Gay Marriage Challenge, Plan Gatherings

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Florida Couples Anxiously Await Ruling on Gay Marriage Challenge, Plan Gatherings

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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 hoping for a positive ruling," says Vanessa Alenier, who with her partner Melanie is among the six couples in the Pareto v. Ruvin case. "We are already a complete family, but the ruling will get us one step closer to a complete family in the eyes of the law."

See also: Miami Case Could Decide Future of Gay Marriage In Florida

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Miami Case Could Decide Future of Gay Marriage in Florida

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It's about friggin time!
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 marriages between a man and woman. This past January, six same-sex couples sued to challenge this law after Harvey Ruvin, the county clerk, refused to issue them marriage licenses.

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Miami Beach Stands With Orlando to Support Gay Rights Lawsuits

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Back on June 11, when Miami Beach commissioners passed a motion in favor of gay marriage, Mayor Philip Levine promised more than talk. "It's important," he said, "for us not to be pro LGBT by word, but more importantly by action."

Now Levine and Miami Beach appear to be following through. Last night the city, in conjunction with Orlando, filed a brief laying out the two cities' support for Gildas Dousset, a Frenchman and FAU student who was married in Massachusetts to Broward travel writer Paul Rubio. Dousset is suing the university because he's being charged non-resident tuition; if he were a woman married to Rubio he would be considered a resident.

"Florida's prohibition on marriage for gay and lesbian couples," reads the brief, "is detrimental to the health and welfare of the Cities' residents; interferes with the administration of the Cities' business as employers' and denies the Cities tourism revenue."

See also: Miami Beach Becomes First City in Florida to Offer Health Benefits for Transgender Employees

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Miami Beach Becomes First City in Florida to Offer Health Benefits for Transgender Employees

While Miami-Dade County couldn't even pass an ordinance protecting transgender people from discrimination, the City of Miami Beach is taking the lead in Florida when it comes to transgender rights. Last week the city commission unanimously passed a measure that would cover transitioning procedures for employees, becoming the first city in Florida to do so.

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Nancy Grace Still Really Upset About That Time Anita Bryant Got Pied

Remember that time Anita Bryant got pied? A young Nancy Grace saw it on television and all these years later is still really, really upset about it. Like, emotionally disturbed by it.

Remember that time Anita Bryant led a campaign to repeal a Dade County ordinance that prohibited discrimination against gay people? Well, Nancy Grace doesn't seem to remember much of that.

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Miami Judge Rules Anti-Gay Groups Won't Be Affected by Gay Marriage

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 Like to Remind Floridians They Banned Gay Marriage in the First Place

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Pam Bondi Would Like to Remind Floridians They Banned Gay Marriage in the First Place

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi came under fire last week when she moved to dismiss a lawsuit that seeks to have Florida recognize same-sex marriages from other states. In her brief, she wrote it would "impose significant public harm."

Well, today Bondi released a statement reminding Floridians that they were the ones who voted to enact the ban by 62 percent in 2008 and voted her into office in 2010 to uphold Florida's laws. She also not-so-subtly reminds Floridians several times that the power to recognize same-sex marriage in the state is still in their hands.

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