Federal judge: Florida gay marriage ban unconstitutional!!


~~August 22, 2014~~

By: Steve Rothaus

The Miami Herald 4:50 p.m. EDT, August 21, 2014

A federal judge on Thursday, August 21, 2014, ruled Florida’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional and ordered the state to recognize marriages legally performed elsewhere. U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle, however, immediately stayed his order until after the appeals process is completed.

“When observers look back 50 years from now, the arguments supporting Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage, though just as sincerely held, will again seem an obvious pretext for discrimination,” Hinkle wrote. “Observers who are not now of age will wonder just how those views could have been held.”


Hinkle’s ruling comes after 22 individuals including nine married couples sued Florida to recognize their marriages or grant them marriage licenses. Plaintiffs in the case include eight same-sex couples from South Florida and the LGBT rights group SAVE.

“While we are overjoyed that the judge erred on the side of fairness by ordering the state of Florida recognize the legal marriages of the plaintiffs, we will continue to make the case that it is Florida’s responsibility to recognize the legal marriages of ALL same-sex couples, and not only those named as plaintiffs in our suit,” SAVE Executive Director Tony Lima said in a statement. “SAVE will continue to advocate for a pro-equality ruling as the court examines the case further in the weeks and months ahead.”


Congrats to the legal teams, the ACLU of Florida, SAVE, and all of the plaintiff couples – including Bob & Chuck, military veterans who have been together for 51 years – on today’s big win in federal court for marriage in Florida!


In March, eight same-sex couples who married elsewhere in the United States sued Florida to recognize their unions: Sloan Grimsley and Joyce Albu of Palm Beach Gardens; Lindsay Myers and Sarah Humlie of Pensacola; Chuck Hunziger and Bob Collier of Broward; Juan Del Hierro and Thomas Gantt Jr. of Miami; Christian Ulvert and Carlos Andrade of Miami; Richard Milstein and Eric Hankin of Miami; Robert Loupo and John Fitzgerald of Miami; and Denise Hueso and Sandra Jean Newson of Miami.

On April 10, 2014, the ACLU of Florida amended its complaint by adding another plaintiff: Arlene Goldberg of Fort Myers, whose wife, Carol Goldwasser, died March 13. Goldberg and Goldwasser had been partners for 47 years. They moved from New York City to Florida in 1989 and married in New York in October 2011.

The ACLU suit eventually was consolidated with a similar case involving two couples in North Florida, one already married and the other wanting to wed.


“It’s the first federal decision in Florida. When the stay is lifted, it will have statewide impact,” said Howard Simon, executive director of the ACLU of Florida. “What it will mean, when the stay is ultimately lifted, is that these families will be protected and strengthened. They’ll start getting health insurance, pension benefits. They could protect their families with survivors benefits. These are the dramatic, practical ways that this victory will ultimately help families in Florida.”

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~~She Keeps Me Warm~~

~Mary Lambert~

~~Published on Jul 30, 2013~~

Why is this important to me? I live in Florida!




We ALL are ONE!! 


Rest in Peace …. Eric Garner in Staten Island, NYC!!


~~August 10, 2014~~ 


“A 43 year old Staten Island black man was murdered by NYPD officers Thursday, July 17th, 2014, for simply being a black man walking down the street. Ramsey Orta, 22, who recorded the video of the altercation, told police that Eric was not selling cigarettes (as was thought by the NYPD officers), but actually had just broken up a fight on the street.

The officers had been following Garner continuously since his last offense where in fact he was selling cigarettes on the street. “Every time you see me, you want to mess with me,” Garner said. “I’m tired of it. It stops today!” The old age rule of law of being innocent until proven guilty seems to be chucked to the side more and more recently, and if you are black or a person of color, that rule seems to spat on.”


~~”I Can’t Breathe” – poem by Broadway Stars~~

Over 100 Broadway stars, directors, producers, musicians, choreographers, designers and technicians from some of the most prominent productions gathered in front of the police station in Times Square on Tuesday, July 29, 2014.

They wanted to send a message about police violence and the killing of Eric Garner. #itstopstoday #blukluxklan





~~I Can’t Breathe~~

WalkRunFly Productions

~~Published on Jul 31, 2014~~


On July 29th, at 6pm WalkRunFly Productions (Warren Adams & Brandon Victor Dixon) partnered with poet Daniel J. Watts, and over 100 Broadway stars, directors, producers, musicians, choreographers, designers and technicians in Times Square to send a message about violence and the killing of Eric Gardner.


WalkRunFly Productions

Produced By
Warren Adams & Brandon Victor Dixon

Poem written and performed by
Daniel J. Watts


We ALL are ONE!!