Reminder: People Can Still Be Fired in Florida Simply For Being Gay

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Same sex marriage is now legal in Florida, but that doesn't mean the state is now a haven for gay rights. In fact, it's still perfectly legal for an employee to fire someone simply for being gay in the state unless there are local protections in place.

Now a bill has been filed that would protect LGBT citizens from employment discrimination in every corner of the state.

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Archbishop Wenski Hints He'd Discipline Any Catholic Employee for Supporting Gay Marriage

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Archbishop Thomas Wenski says he'll discipline any employee of the Archdiocese of Miami for supporting gay marriage.
While most of Florida was celebrating Tuesday's arrival of gay marriage, Archbishop Thomas Wenski was busy drafting a memo reminding all employees of the Archdiocese of Miami that they could be disciplined for publicly supporting gay marriage.

"Whatever the role in which you serve within the Archdiocese, you publicly represent the Catholic Church and the Archdiocese in everything you do and say," Wenski wrote in his memo. "Therefore, it is important that you understand the Church's position and are well informed."

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Your Guide to the Perfect Miami Gay Wedding

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This couple renewed their vows at a huge group ceremony in Miami Beach this week.
Gay marriage has been legal in Miami-Dade for three whole days, and hundreds of couples have already tied the knot at the courthouse or in mass weddings like a gathering at Miami Beach Botanical Garden. Of course, many others are waiting to have their storybook shindig, complete with all the trimmings. Plus don't forget the out-of-state couples who can finally plan a legitimate destination wedding in South Florida.

These affairs will undoubtedly be as diverse as Miami-Dade's LGBT population, but just in case you wanted a few extra-Miami touches to your holy union, here's our guide to the perfect gay wedding in the Magic City.

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Video: Hundreds of Same-Sex Couples Gather in Miami Beach to Renew Vows

For months, gay-marriage activists had circled January 6 as the date when Florida's ban would finally fall. That's when a stay striking down the gay-marriage ban was set to expire, empowering clerks around Florida to begin issuing licenses.

Well, Miami-Dade jumped the gun and start issuing licenses Monday instead, setting off a statewide celebration and dozens of local marriages. But even if yesterday wasn't the official end of the gay-marriage ban, it still marked a hell of a party for hundreds of same-sex couples who gathered in Miami Beach for a mass renewal of vows.

See also: Gay Marriage Celebration at Miami Beach Botanical Garden (Photos)

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Pam Bondi Not Sure What Her Next Move on Gay Marriage Is

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While Attorney General Pam Bondi is really good at ending her own marriage, she isn't sure what she's going to do next to try and end gay marriage in Florida.

Bondi tried to keep a low profile during today's inauguration festivities, but she couldn't skip her own swearing in and remained vague about the subject.

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Meet Florida's First Married Same-Sex Couples Who Tied the Knot Yesterday in Miami

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Catherina Pareto kisses Karla Arguello the moment Judge Sarah Zabel finalizes their marriage.
On Monday, history was made in Florida. Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Sarah Zabel lifted her stay on Pareto v. Ruvin in the morning, allowing same-sex couples in Miami to marry one day before the rest of Florida.

The first same-sex couple to marry in the Sunshine State was Catherina Pareto and Karla Arguello. Pareto, who grew up in the Magic City, said she still can't believe she's married.

See also: Miami Gets Marriage Equality Before the Rest of Florida After Zabel Lifts Stay

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Man Who Authored Florida's Gay-Marriage Ban Worries About "End of Gender in Society"

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Florida Family Policy Council director John Stemberger doesn't really care for gay marriage.
The biggest loser of the day: John Stemberger, director of the Florida Family Policy Council and author of 2008's Amendment 2, which banned same-sex marriage in Florida.

Stemberger called a press conference today in Tallahassee to react to the news that marriage certificates were being issued to gay couples here in Miami-Dade, and, boy (or girl... or non-gender binary identify person) did it seem like a wild ride.

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Miami Gets Marriage Equality Before the Rest of Florida After Zabel Lifts Stay

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Gay marriage has finally arrived in Miami-Dade.
Today, Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Sarah Zabel has lifted a stay on her decision to invalidate Florida's prohibition of gay marriage. The decision, in a case called Pareto v. Ruvin, means Miami-Dade County is the first place in the state to have marriage equality. The first marriage will likely take place at around 2 P.M. today.

See also: Gay Marriage in Florida Begins Tonight: Key West's Huntsman, Others Go Down in History

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Gay Marriage in Florida Begins Tonight: Key West's Huntsman, Others Go Down in History UPDATED

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Update: Today, Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Sarah Zabel has lifted a stay on her decision to invalidate Florida's prohibition of gay marriage, which means Miami-Dade County is the first place in the state to have marriage equality.

Friday night, Aaron Huntsman and his partner, William "Lee" Jones, relaxed in their Key West home. They ordered Chinese food and debated which movie to rent. Despite the calm, in just a few days these self-proclaimed "average joes" will be among the first same-sex couples to be married in Florida.

See also: Finally, Equal Rights: Gays Can Marry in Florida

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Publix Bravely Takes Pro-Gay Stance at Last Possible Moment

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Less than a week before gay marriage is expected to be legalized in Florida, Publix, the state's largest private company, wants everyone to know it will let gay and lesbian employees extend their benefits to their legal same-sex spouses. And the company expects a pat on the back for it.

It really deserves a side-eye for not doing this before. If only Publix's sense of doing the right thing could be as fresh as its subs.

See also: Publix, Where Being Gay Is No Pleasure

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