At the end of the day …. “Marriage Equality in Florida”!!


~~December 3, 2014~~ 

Same-sex marriages in Florida could begin Jan. 6 following appeals court decision

By Steve Rothaus, Miami Herald
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 4:12pm

Same-sex couples in Florida could begin marrying next month, after a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that a stay in the state’s gay-marriage ban case will be lifted at the end of the day Jan. 5.

11th Circuit Court of Appeals refuses to extend ban on same-sex marriages in Florida

In a two-page ruling, a three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta turned down a request by Florida’s secretaries of health and management services and the clerk of the court in the Panhandle’s Washington County to extend the stay. A federal judge based in Tallahassee ruled in August that the state’s gay-marriage ban is unconstitutional, but stayed his decision until Jan. 5 to give the state time to appeal.

“This is a clear victory for us because it finds the harm is being done to the people, not the state,” said Howard Simon, executive director of the ACLU of Florida, which is representing same-sex couples from throughout Florida and gay-rights group SAVE, who sued to have out-of-state same-sex marriages recognized in the Sunshine State.

“It means that relief is finally in sight for the same-sex married couples suffering under Florida’s refusal to recognize their legal unions,” SAVE executive director Tony Lima said in a statement.

On Aug. 21, U.S. Judge Robert L. Hinkle of Tallahassee threw out the gay-marriage ban in Florida’s Constitution — which was approved by 62 percent of voters in 2008 — calling it “an obvious pretext for discrimination.”


“Liberty, tolerance, and respect are not zero-sum concepts,” Hinkle wrote at the time. “Those who enter opposite-sex marriages are harmed not at all when others, including these plaintiffs, are given the liberty to choose their own life partners and are shown the respect that comes with formal marriage.” He stayed his decision to give Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi time to appeal.

Bondi then asked the appeals court — which has yet to set a date to hear the case — to keep the stay in place past Jan. 5 until the court decides on the merits.


Same-sex couples throughout Florida sued to dismantle the state’s gay-marriage ban. In addition to the cases in federal and Miami-Dade circuit courts, same-sex couples prevailed in Monroe and Palm Beach counties. Bondi filed state appeals in all cases. A Broward case, in which a lesbian won the right to divorce her same-sex domestic partner, was vacated on a legal technicality and will be retried.

After Bondi lost her bid to keep the federal stay in place, the national group Freedom to Marry said she could seek a stay from the U.S. Supreme Court, but that the high court is unlikely to grant it because it has already denied similar requests for stay extensions in South Carolina, Alaska, Idaho and Kansas.



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So far this year, same-sex marriage became legal in 18 additional states, bringing the total to 35, plus Washington, D.C.

Wednesday’s decision in Atlanta was written by three 11th District judges: Frank M. Hull of Atlanta, Charles R. Wilson of Tampa and Adalberto Jordan of Miami. President Bill Clinton appointed Hull and Wilson to the 11th Circuit in 1997 and 1999, respectively; President Barack Obama appointed Jordan in 2012.

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We ALL are ONE!! 


~Sharon Gless Speaks Out in Favor of Marriage Equality in Florida~

~Published on Feb 25, 2014~

A conversation with Actress Sharon Gless about her commitment to marriage equality.

~Published on Feb 21, 2014~

Actress Sharon Gless speaks out in favor of marriage equality in Florida and encourages others to join Equality Florida and


We ALL are ONE!!



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About Dr. Rex

I'm originally from Puerto Rico. I was born in Santurce and raised in Rio Piedras. Have lived in Florida since 1999. I have a doctorate degree in Medicine; completed in 1976. My Internal Medicine specialty was completed in 1979. Worked for Puerto Rico's health system until 1985. At this time, I'm happily retired after working for the federal government for almost 28yrs. I want to offer any knowledge that I have to anyone "out there" who is interested. My views are liberal in almost every sense. My knowledge is "eclectic" - a bit of everything. Music and reading are my passion. Blogging has also become a very interesting endeavor. Metaphysical topics attract me. I'm interested in news reporting human issues like injustice, discrimination and abuse - the "wrongly" affected. My intention is to bring this knowledge to an understandable level and to help anyone in need. I'm open to questions and will answer them to the best of my ability. Currently working on an enterprise whose main mission will be to bring peoples of all walks of life together. To be one .... since we ALL are ONE!! The future looks bright and promising!!!

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