Good As You: Florida Roundup

08/25/2011

Bachmann in Florida: Running head first into anti-gay, church/state-enjoined 'culture war'

Of all of the campaigns to put a discriminatory marriage amendment in a state's constitution, the Florida Family Policy Council's 2008 effort might have been the most unabashedly faith-based, pitting same-sex couples' civil rights against God. Here's that group's leader,...

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01/26/2011

Still convincing Floridians Anita Bryant was wrong: DP edition

A promising push forward in the Sunshine state: State Rep. Mark Pafford, D-West Palm Beach, has filed legislation to provide domestic partnership protections to committed couples throughout Florida. Legislator pushes for Florida to recognize domestic partnerships [Sun-Sentinel "Palm Beach Politics"...

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10/23/2010

Audio: NOM robocalling Florida, with an assist from J-Dobs

(H/t: Dan Tobias)

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10/22/2010

Salute the FL AG: McCollum adopts correct position

Big news out of Florida: Attorney General Bill McCollum, a conservative who's not exactly known for LGBT rights sympathies, has announced that he will not appeal the District Court’s ruling that finally ridded the state of its hideous, Anita Bryant...

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10/13/2010

Sunshine instated

Congratulations to Florida and its residents. Last night, the Anita Bryant era ban on gay and lesbian adoption finally succumbed to a drawn out termination process that's been so long-coming, and so filled with both cruelty and struggle, that it's...

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09/24/2010

And 40 do not

This is among the Perry v. Schwarzenegger amicus briefs being filed this week by various conservative groups: CHEYENNE -- Wyoming and nine other states will file a legal brief today saying a federal court "exceeded its judicial authority" when it...

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Peace out in, FL adoption ban

With the bumblef*ck that was the Don't Ask Don't Tell repeal vote, the election, and the onset of the fatten-yourself-with-pumpkin-flavored-things season, we've been remiss in mentioning a kick arse story that came out of Florida this week: A unanimous three-judge...

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09/13/2010

Crist waffle iron to finally heat evenly?

According to our pals over at Raw Story, the historical mixed bag that is Charlie Crist is set to come out of the proverbial gay rights closet: MIAMI -- Charlie Crist, the current governor of Florida and Independent candidate for...

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03/26/2010

Video: Using the 'f-word' as Jesus would

G-A-Y pal Waymon Hudson has directed us toward this video. From Gainesville, Florida. From a pastor. In the name of God. Let's all shudder together: More from Waymon, a native Floridian whose husband is in public office, at link: Video:...

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08/07/2009

Mel's doner: Martinez serve up a resignation

Back in 2006, the Human Rights Campaign wrote this about the record of one Sen. Mel Martinez (Very Far R-FL): Sen. Mel Martinez’s Record on Equality and Fairness: • Scored a zero on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2006 Congressional Scorecard...

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04/28/2009

Video: Bible thumping (and by 'thump', we mean fatally)

This is happening right here in America. Jacksonville, FL, to be exact: But yea, you're probably right, opponents of inclusive hate crimes legislation. It probably is religious freedoms that are under true threat in this country. [::writer rolls eyes, shakes...

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04/23/2009

Heather has two mommies, one reliable Fort Lauderdale home

It's a good day for the archivally-minded gays of Fort Lauderdale, FL: The Stonewall Library and Archives, a collection of gay-themed materials that was the subject of political controversy two years ago, celebrates its grand opening in Fort Lauderdale on...

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03/19/2009

Ya see, by 'another lesbian' they really mean 'another person you should oppose without question'

We absolutely believe that most of our socially conservative opponents believe large portions of what they say. However, there is no doubt that the fine art of duplicity helps propels their "culture war" engine. Sometimes the belief is the gas...

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03/11/2009

Even in this economy, gay Floridians can count on the Rich

Nan Rich, the Florida state senator who's been trying for the past few years to rid the Sunshine State of its noxious ban on gay adoptions, is back on her game again this legislative session: State Sen. Nan Rich, a...

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02/25/2009

Now THIS is an agenda

Human life that is sacred from the time of conception -- except in cases of war, capital punishment, or retaliation against our enemies. Marriages that are defined by the gender of the participants, not the love and commitment shared between...

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02/11/2009

Gay-Straight Defiance: FL school forces lawyers to waste time

Eventually we will reach a day when public schools (especially Southern ones) will realize that they can't legally stand in the way of Gay-Straight Alliances. Unfortunately, today is not that day. This from the AP: JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Two...

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Another day, another post-Bush era soul cleanse

Yesterday in Fort Lauderdale, FL, anti-gay mayor Jim Naugle was term-limited out of office, ushering in a seemingly gay-positive Democratic successor, Jack Seiler. Joe.My.God. has more: Anti-Gay Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jim Naugle Replaced By Gay-Friendly Jack Seiler [J.M.G.] There's no...

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02/09/2009

Liberty Counsel: Supporting wrong bar, denouncing right one

The Florida Bar Association, realizing that fairness under the law is well within their purview, has come out in support of Circuit Judge Cindy Lederman's ruling that the state's ban on gay adoption is unconstitutional. But the social conservatives at...

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12/15/2008

Video: Crist-mass protest

It was a bonafide protest-a-palooza at Florida governor Charlie Crist's 12/12 wedding. On one hand, you had pro-equality demonstrators peacefully pushing the governor to do the right thing and support marriage for everyone: Then, on another hand, you also had...

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12/05/2008

Video: Long-winded masking of easily detectable bias

A Florida judge made the right decision and declared Florida's adoption ban to be unconstitutional. Florida evangelicals are now making the far-right decision to rage against peace: Ugh. Don't they have a "war on Christmas" to fight? Gays Adopt Children...

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12/01/2008

Crist mass protest: Fairness advocates RSVP for guv's wedding

Because of the Republican governor's support for the state's recently-passed marriage ban, activists with the Impact Florida group have announced plans to peacefully demonstrate at Charlie Crist's own (opposite-sex) wedding: Gay Marriage Proponents Plan to Crash Governor’s Wedding [GaySoFla.com] The...

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11/25/2008

NICE: Florida court sides with common sense

WOW: BREAKING NEWS: Florida Adoption Ban Ruled Unconstitutional [Family Equality Council] Florida ban on gay adoptions ruled unconstitutional [Miami Herald] That's two pro-equality rulings in the past three months. So get ready, those Floridians who have adopted bias. It looks...

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Florida: Will state (f)law continue its fall?

Florida. Due in large part to the mid-70's work of the pretty lady to our left, the Sunshine State still, to this day, has a ban on gay adoption. A sweeping, particularly nasty ban on gay adoption. From Pensacola to...

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11/04/2008

We (and the unforgiving history books) shall see

Also: Arkansas has passed its bigoted adoption ban. ::sigh:: It would be nice to be able to enjoy this sweet night without this inescapably personal bitterness! **UPDATE, 1AM ET: In California, the "yes" side is beating us 54%-46% with 22%...

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11/03/2008

Videos: Shameful pursuits, Florida edition

"We want our religious beliefs to rule everyone." "We wish for our our parental choices to be foisted on every parents and child." "We aggressively embrace bias." "We wish to make gays seem anti-family, anti-child, anti-marriage, anti-tradition, anti-religion, anti-values, anti-morality,...

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10/20/2008

FL poll: Yay, not enough of a majority is against us!

A newly released Sun Sentinel / Florida Times-Union poll shows that the state's proposed constitutional blight, Amendment 2, has only managed to seize the support of 53% of the state's likely voters. And while in other states this majority percentage...

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Video: Wait, don't the folks tend to oppose cloning?

This ad recently started running in Florida: This ad has been running for some time in Arizona: So ridiculously unoriginal. Although to be fair, "Scenes that mask a horridly unjust historical misstep behind a veil of 'family values'" is not...

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10/17/2008

Westboro to debate; will they mention any plumbers?

In music, there are Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson. Film and television have fostered the Duff sisters and the Olsen twins. Sports has netted Serena and Venus Williams. But when it comes to rabid disdain for gay people, it's all...

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10/15/2008

Video: Bush era figure vs. Bush era bias

Now if only Valerie Plame and Cindy Sheehan can find some time, we're smelling a "Wronged by Rovian Republicans" benefit song. Schiavo on Amendment 2 [Progress Florida]

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09/29/2008

Daily NY paper vs. Gayly biased measures

In a not surprising yet still extremely welcome development, The New York Times editorial board has come out against the discriminatory anti-gay amendments that are up for a vote this November in California, Florida, and Arizona: EXCERPT: Whether this important...

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09/26/2008

Two lives ruined by social stigma

Sometimes it seems like our work in the field of gay activism is coming to a close. But then we wake up and remember that we still live in a world where some consider being perceived as a gay to...

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09/24/2008

'Herald'ing equality: Florida gets glimpse of 'controversial' non-controversy

Two weeks ago, we told you how a Florida circuit court judge put a chink in the stubborn armor of the state's gay adoption ban when he ruled that an openly gay Key West foster parent had the right to...

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09/23/2008

Video(s): Three states, one set of false statements

You may think all of the various attempts to amend state constitutions so that they ban marriage equality are cut from the same discriminatory cloth. And you, dear reader, would be absolutely right. The "cruelness hidden behind a compassionate mask"...

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09/11/2008

FL: Board schools locals on biased amendment

Earlier this week, the school board of Broward County, FL, voted unanimously to oppose the state's proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage: Broward School Board opposes gay marriage ban [Miami Herald] As reasons behind their decision, board members were said...

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09/10/2008

Judge recognizes FL adoption (f)law for what it is

Before we get too excited about the following, we have to point out that this is just an order from one trial judge that is highly unlikely to lead to an immediate change in state policy. But that being said,...

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09/08/2008

Poll: We're still losing/possibly winning in FL

The bad news: A new Quinnipiac University poll shows that a majority of Florida voters, 55%, support the state's proposed marriage ban. The good news: 55% is not enough to enact the historical pockmark, since the marriage amendment would need...

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08/13/2008

Florida for (primarily Christian) marriage: Voters, are you hearing this?!

We in the LGBT community are uncomfortable with marriage bans for obvious reasons. Such measures directly affect our lives, threaten our families, and thoroughly dehumanize our existences. Regardless of our relationship status or marital desires, the vast majority of us...

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08/11/2008

Don't be a chicken

Where to flock: FLORIDA Say No 2 Vote No on 2 ARIZONA Vote No on Prop 102 CALIFORNIA No on Prop 8/ Equality For All

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08/05/2008

Crist supports marriage ban; Christ remains mum

Florida governor Charlie Crist, a man rumored to be on McCain's short list for Veep, has been noncommittal in the past about a few things, including whether or not he supports a state amendment banning same-sex marriage. However, in a...

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07/29/2008

Rep and wannabe Rep wish to protect Florida's rep

At a Sunday meeting of the Miami Log Cabin Republicans, both current U.S Rep Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Miami) and her Democratic challenger, Annette Taddeo, vowed to fight the state's proposed marriage ban: Ros-Lehtinen, Taddeo pledge to fight Florida gay marriage ban...

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07/21/2008

We blame lack of sufficient art programs in schools

And now, in "there are so many good uses for spray paint but this is not one of them" news: Three homes in Wilton Manors, FL, were targeted over the weekend with anti-gay graffiti. The Miami Herald has a report...

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07/08/2008

Video: Gays. Marriage. Florida. Yada, Yada, Yada

We're not sure how recent they are, but the point man for banning marriage equality in Florida, John Stemberger, has just posted some clips from a on a local news program appearance during which he tried to justify his unreasoned...

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07/01/2008

Video: One man, one woman debate in FL

Bizarrely, the following video was uploaded by the anti-gay side. We say it's bizarre, because usually when someone calmly and rationally smacks down our logic and forces us to get hyper-defensive, we try to hide the evidence rather than publicize...

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04/17/2008

Video: Because 'religious freedom' means the right to use your faith against others

Think those who who wish to ban gay marriage have an agenda beyond foisting their personal faith beliefs on the public at large? Well check out this new ad that has been put together by the conservative opponents in Florida...

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03/28/2008

Peter ponders Charlie's peter placement

If Florida governor and possible VP candidate Charlie Crist (pic.) is into dudes, then he owes it to Republicans to let his man-loving ways known. Or so says our old poker buddy Peter LaBarbera, who writes the following on his...

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03/27/2008

Stop your progress, gays -- polygamists might get some ideas

Hey women: Don't you dare push for the right to vote because that might le ad to infants or canines wanting the same! Hey African-Americans: Don't push for integration because that might cause widely dissimilar groups to draw a connection...

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03/19/2008

'Rich' Floridian targets Anita Bryant's Poor legacy

For the third time in as many years, Florida state Senator Nan Rich has introduced a bill that would lessen (but not completely eliminate) the Sunshine State's disgusting ban on gay adoption: Weston Senator Wants To End Gay Adoption Ban...

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02/13/2008

Video: Publishing names -- 'know' or no ?

You know the KnowTheyNeighbor strategy of publishing the names and addresses of those who sign petitions against gay rights? Well that tactic has been extended to Florida, where thousands of Sunshine State residents recently sign a petition in favor of...

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02/07/2008

Audio: Progress gets slap in the face; anti-gays pat selves on back

The Concerned Women for America are just SO excited that their God granted them the "miracle" of a potential gay marriage ban in the Sunshine State. Listen in as grown adults who should know better express adulation over the possibility...

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02/04/2008

So goes Florida's anti-gays, so goes queer liberty

Are you a fan of equality? Do you think the anti-gay sentiment that has been cultivated by the Bush administration is symbolic of all that is wrong with that flawed presidency? Does it make you sad to see any of...

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