Florida

  • Florida Gay Marriage Ban Heads For Midnight End

    MIAMI — Florida's ban on marriages between same-sex couples is headed for a midnight end, with wedding vows planned around the state.

  • Florida Gun Control Letter Falls on Deaf Ears

    Despite more than 80 organizations across the state and a few from around the country asking Florida politicians to increase gun control, the governor isn’t listening.

  • Florida House Bill Has LGBT Groups Concerned

    A Florida Republican has filed a bill that LGBT rights groups are calling a threat to progress.

  • Florida House Bill Would Remove Gay-Adoption Ban From Law

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Republican dominated Florida House voted to remove language from law that bans gay adoption.

  • Florida House Rep. Shevrin Jones Comes Out

    Shevrin Jones is a three-time Florida state House representative and preacher’s son — and now openly gay.

  • Florida House, Gov. Scott Back Medical Marijuana Bill

    THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, May 1, 2014..........Gov. Rick Scott said he will sign a medical marijuana bill poised to pass the Florida Senate, after the measure received overwhelming support Thursday from the House as children whose lives hang in the balance looked on.

  • Florida House, Senate Differ on Uber Rules

    Trenches are once again being dug for an Uber war in Tallahassee.

  • Florida Joins International Court System

    Fort Lauderdale resident Steven Rule has been waiting 14 years for this one.

  • Florida Lawmakers Agree to Give Pulse Memorial $500,000

    On Wednesday of last week, the allocation of funds for a permanent Pulse memorial had dropped to $0. But Florida lawmakers quickly reversed course, bumping that back up to $500,000 later in the week. 

  • Florida Leads States in New HIV Infections

    Florida is the top state for newly-diagnosed HIV infections.

  • Florida Legislator: Common Core Will Turn Kids Gay

    Florida State Rep. Charles Van Zant (R)

    The Common Core State Standards Initiative is being attacked by anti-gay groups as being too gay-friendly.

  • Florida Man Charged In Death Of Transgender Woman

    Fort Myers, Fla. (AP) – Police reports in southwest Florida indicate a man accused in the slaying of a transgender woman may have been angry she outed him on Facebook.

  • Florida Man Kicked Out Of His Apartment Because He Is Gay

    In December Randal Coffman was kicked out of his apartment, just outside of Jacksonville. Coffman said  he was evicted because he is gay, and he’s got the video to prove it.

  • Florida Man to Display 'Festivus Pole' at Oklahoma Capitol

    A Florida man said Wednesday his plan has been approved to display in the Oklahoma Capitol rotunda a "Festivus Pole" based on a fictional holiday depicted in the popular 1990s sitcom "Seinfeld."

  • Florida Marriage Certificates Will Finally Be Updated

    More than a year after Florida’s same-sex marriage ban was ruled unconstitutional, the state’s marriage licenses will finally say “spouse” and “spouse” instead of “husband” and “wife.”

  • Florida Marriage Equality Round-Up

    Here is our complete index of our coverage of marriage equality:

  • Florida One of Many Battlegrounds for Reproductive Rights

    On Tuesday, Florida state Rep. Joe Gruters, a former co-chair for Trump’s Florida campaign, filed a proposal that would ban all abortions after 20 weeks, Mother Jones reports.

    The bill is titled the “Florida Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” arguing that it is a necessary protection because at 20 weeks’ fetuses can feel pain, a claim which the report is quick to note, has been widely refuted by scientific research.

    The 20-week abortion ban has passed in Ohio and Kentucky and is being proposed in Florida and Virginia.

    If passed, the law would make performing an abortion after 20 weeks a third-degree felony, unless a “serious health risk” otherwise endangers the mother. Doctors would also be required to report all abortions to the state health department. And mothers and father of the unborn would be allowed to sue abortion providers for legal or punitive damages.

    The proposal also establishes a legal defense fund, to be financed with taxpayer money and private donations to cover the costs for defending against any challenges to the bill.

    The text of the bill is available at https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2017/0203

    Meanwhile, an abortion law approved last year by governor Rick Scott, is being challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, the Naples Herald reports.

    Jan. 27, U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle will hear a request from the ACLU for an injunction against the law which requires anyone who counsels women on abortion to explain the procedure, and offer alternatives before making referrals or offering assistance in obtaining an abortion.

    The ACLU of Florida cites that the law does not make distinctions among the types of counsel women might pursue when considering an abortion or abortion alternatives. These types of counsel include legal services, religious services, advocacy organizations, domestic violence shelters, centers for survivors of sexual assault, community organizers, among others.

     “A woman considering an abortion may consult with any number of people in making her decision,” said Nancy Abudu, ACLU Florida’s legal director, in a statement.

    “This ill-conceived law criminalizes the intimate conversations a woman has with her support network. The law not only forces people to provide information they may not be qualified to provide, it clearly intends to bully and intimidate women’s trusted advisors with a vague and complicated bureaucratic process, under the threat of criminal charges.”

    These groups and individuals would then be required to register with the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration (ACHA) as an “abortion referral or counseling agency” with all the obligations, restrictions, and penalties that such a designation entails.

    “This law is classic viewpoint discrimination: it restricts speakers only when they assist a woman seeking abortion care; it imposes no restrictions when speakers, including the plaintiffs in this case, assist a woman in carrying to term,” said Talcott Camp, deputy director of the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project. 

    “By targeting people and organizations that provide compassionate counseling, advice and referrals, this law can only serve to isolate a woman seeking help.  This isolation is particularly threatening for minors, who, under this law, cannot seek advice or help from their pastors or from service organization without triggering a parental notification requirement with no exceptions, even for minors who are victims of abuse.” 

  • Florida Rep. Proposes LGBT Discrimination Law

    A Florida state representative is trying to introduce a law that would allow for businesses to discriminate against LGBT people.

  • Florida Representative Richardson Kicks Off Senate Campaign

    Florida Representative David Richardson (D-Miami Beach) kicked off a campaign for the State Senate Friday night in Fort Lauderdale with a message of being able to get the job done. Richardson is currently serving his second term in the Florida House of Representatives and is the only openly gay legislator serving in Tallahassee.

  • Florida Republican Introduces Workplace Non-Discrimination Bill 

     A bill to protect LGBT people in Florida from workplace discrimination was introduced in the Florida Senate on Tuesday by State Senator Joe Gruters (R-Sarasota), who is also the chair of the Republican Party of Florida.