A Lesbian Divorce Could Challenge Florida's Gay Marriage Ban

gayflagofflorida.jpg
Gay marriage isn't legal in Florida, but apparently gay divorce is. Sort of.

There have been a handful of Florida judges granting same-sex divorces in Florida that attracted little publicity. However, a new divorce case in Tampa seeks to dissolve not only the couple's marriage but also Florida's gay marriage ban.

See also: Same-Sex Couples File Lawsuit to Overturn Florida's Gay Marriage Ban

More »

Eight More Couples Sue Florida to Recognize Gay Marriages From Other States

gayflagofflorida.jpg
Following a lawsuit filed in January by six gay couples hoping to strike down Florida's gay marriage ban, a new lawsuit has been filed by eight other couples seeking to have Florida recognize gay marriages performed in other states.

Though the first lawsuit named Miami-Dade Clerk of Court Harvey Ruvin as the defendant, this suit goes straight to the top. The suit names Gov. Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi, and other top Florida officials as defendants and was filed by the ACLU, ACLU of Florida, and Podhurst Orseck law firm of Miami.

See also: Same-Sex Couples File Lawsuit to Overturn Florida's Gay Marriage Ban

More »

Woman Who Found Florida a Little Too Gay Friendly Gets Slammed by Dear Abby

Florida has a ban on gay marriage. There's no state-wide laws protecting the LGBT community from discrimination. Rick Scott is our governor. So why wouldn't an average homophobe assume that once they moved here they'd be able to continue their gay-hating ways freely?

Well, one couple who sought the advice of columnist Dear Abby were apparently shocked when they moved to Tampa and their new neighbors didn't take too kindly to their homophobic ways.

More »

Anti-Gay Groups Compare Gay Couples Seeking Marriage to Segregationist Racist

gayfloridaseal.jpg
State bans on the recognition of gay marriage are falling like dominoes, and a new lawsuit brought on by gay couples could lead to Florida following suit.

However, a group of social conservative groups announced their intention to fight to uphold Florida's gay marriage ban today.

During their press conference, Rev Nathaniel J. Wilcox compared the fight for marriage equality to Bull Conner, the Commissioner of Public Safety for the city of Birmingham, Alabama in the '60s who infamously released fire hoses and police attack dogs on peaceful protestors seeking civil rights and an end to segregation.

See also: Same-Sex Couples File Lawsuit to Overturn Florida's Gay Marriage Ban

More »

Same-Sex Couples File Lawsuit to Overturn Florida's Gay Marriage Ban

Following the lead of successful lawsuits in Utah and Oklahoma in recent months, six same-sex couples in Florida plan to sue the state in order to overturn ban on same-sex marriage.

Back in 2008, Florida voters narrowly approved a constitutional amendment that banned not only gay marriage but any recognition of gay relationships in the state. Now, just over four years later, polling show that nearly 75 percent of Floridians approve of some sort of recognition of gay couples.

More »

Big Business Mega-Coalition Decides Florida Should Stop Hating Gays So Much

gayflagofflorida.jpg
Poor Republican legislators are surely going to be in a bind over this. On one hand, they're used to bending to the whims of big business. On the other, they party has gone all in on the "Yeah, LGBT people are kind of icky" front. So what are they to do when a giant coalition of some of Florida's biggest businesses and employers band together to demand just a little bit more rights for LGBT citizens in Florida?

More »

Homophobic American Family Association Slams Beyoncé: "An Act of Disrespect Towards Jesus Christ"

beyoncelastsupper.jpg
While Beyoncé and Jay Z were strolling around Wynwood earlier this week, they stopped by Jugofresh. Beyoncé popped herself up on the restaurant's counter and posed, intentionally or not, in front of an image of Jesus on the restaurant's Last Supper-themed wall paper.

Well, now the American Family Association has issued a press release slamming Queen Bee for "disgracing" Jesus Christ. Which might seem so sincere if the AFA didn't then turn around to use the incident as a way to excuse its own homophobic rhetoric.

See also: Jay Z and Beyonce Visit Wynwood, Chow Down at Joey's Italian Cafe

More »

Gay Publix Employees Speak Out About Alleged Discrimination

Publix_Logo.jpg
Is Publix anti-gay? Two weeks ago, we reported that the LGBT community had taken issue with the supermarket chain over its lack of policies to protect gay employees. One activist called the company "shockingly conservative."

Publix denied the accusations. Meanwhile, supporters of the supermarket wrote New Times to argue that activists had "not a single piece of testimony from a Publix employee" to back their complaints. Since then, however, several gay Publix employees have written to tell us their stories of discrimination.

"Publix needs to get with the times," says one longtime, openly gay employee in North Palm Beach. "We need to be treated equally. And we're not."

See also: Publix Discriminates Against LGBT Employees, Gay Rights Activists Argue

More »

Charlie Crist: Opposition to Gay Marriage Was "Politically Expedient"

panterpuppies.jpg
Charlie Crist, the man of a thousand stances, recently sat down for his first interview with the gay press. While a Republican Governor in 2008 he publicly backed Amendment 2, which banned gay marriage and civil union in Florida. During his ill-fated 2010 Senate run he held firm on that opinion. But now he's back as a Democrat, running for governor once again, and now in favor of gay marriage.

He says his original opposition was "politically expedient" and apologized for the stance.

See also: Is Charlie Crist Florida's Next Governor?

More »

Publix Discriminates Against LGBT Employees, Gay Rights Activists Argue

Publix_Logo.jpg
Publix Super Markets: great for deli sandwiches. Bad for gay employees.

That's according to the Human Rights Campaign and several local LGBT activists. Publix does not provide benefits to domestic partners, they point out. Nor does it have non-discrimination policies in place to protect LGBT employees.

"I think it's still 1965 in their eyes," says David Cary Hart, a retired CEO of Drake Business Schools and LGBT activist. "They have absolutely no sensitivity to this issue whatsoever."

More »

Now Trending

From the Vault

 

Loading...