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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Oldest Home and Garden, Key West, Florida

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Oldest Home and Garden

Periodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

Key West’s Oldest House Museum and Garden, is ran by one of the oldest non-profit organizations Old Island Restoration Foundation. OIRF, for short, is dedicated to preserving the architectural and cultural heritage of Key West and offers the ideal venue for your wedding and reception, whether it is a grand, lavish affair or a perfect private ceremony. This secluded paradise provides a romantic natural setting for weddings. We are located at 322 Duval Street in the heart of the excitement of historic Old Town Key West.

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Key Shot Photography, Key West, Florida

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Key Shot Photo - Key WestPeriodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

Gay Wedding Photography / Videography in Key West, FL, USA. Artistic, fun and friendly team photographers Bruce & Sylvie offers gay & lesbian wedding photography and will create amazing images with a photojournalistic style and mixed with a little classic. Weddings, union/vow ceremonies, special events. Choosing your destination Florida Keys wedding is a great choice! Gay and lesbian wedding ceremonies from Key West to Key Largo, Marathon, Islamorada. Let us capture your Love!

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Southernmost Photography & Wedding Planning, Key West, Florida

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Southernmost Photography & Wedding Planning - Key West

Periodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

Gay Wedding Planners in Key West, FL, USA. Professional Key West event planner. We plan parties and social events, corporate functions, banquets, & private charters. Weddings, ceremony, rehearsal dinner, wedding parties, reception & more.

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Florida Marriage Equality Round-Up – January 7th

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

More from Florida after same sex marriages have commenced.

Statewide: Attorney General Pam Bondi is dodging questions about whether or not she will drop her appeal of a marriage equality ruling. full story

Statewide: Several marriage equality opponents conceded the fight is over in the state. full story

Statewide: has twenty great wedding pics from yesterday from Twitter. full story

Florida Wedding

Statewide: Queerty has more great wedding pics. full story

Statewide: Yesterday, more than 100 married in Miami Dade County, 183 in Broward, and 20 in Monroe. full story

Statewide: Orange county issued 164 licenses; Hillsborough 160; Pinnelas 67. full story

Statewide: The Sun Sentinel looks at the questions that remain around marriage equality in the state. full story

Brevard County: Rockledge residents Angelique Bonadio and Tiffany Gregg were one of the first couples to marry at the Brevard County Clerk of Courts branch office. full story

Lake County: A snowbird couple from Arkansas was the first same sex couple to marry in the county full story

Miami-Dade County: The Archdiocese of Miami is warning employees they could be fired for any conduct that is “inconsistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church” in the wake of the start of same-sex marriages in Florida. full story

Miami-Dade County: Out celebrity chef Art Smith will be joining forces with the James Royal Palm Hotel in Miami to throw a special wedding officiated by a mystery celebrity on Saturday, February 21st for 101 lucky gay couples. full story

Osceola County: Watermark looks at the first weddings in the county. full story

Sarasota County: 10 News profiles one of the couples married yesterday, and says 33 licenses were issued. full story

Florida Marriage Equality Round-Up – December 6th

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

We’re doing a special edition of the round-up just for Florida marriage equality today – as same sex weddings begin.

Statewide: Attorney General Pam Bondi has conceded defeat, saying “The judge has ruled, and we wish these couples the best.” full story

Statewide: Watermark has a great guide to getting married in Florida. full story

Statewide: Watermark has also posted their own round-up of marriage equality ceremonies and celebrations in the state. full story

Statewide: Matt Baume profiles the guys still trying to stop Florida marriage equality. full story

Statewide: Jeb Bush has clarified his earlier statement on marriage equality: “We live in a democracy, and regardless of our disagreements, we have to respect the rule of law. I hope that we can show respect for the good people on all sides of the gay and lesbian marriage issue – including couples making lifetime commitments to each other who are seeking greater legal protections and those of us who believe marriage is a sacrament and want to safeguard religious liberty.” full story

Statewide: Now that Florida has marriage equality, 70% of Americans live in a marriage equality state. full story

Statewide: The new wikipedia marriage equality map features Florida. full story

Wikipedia Marriage Equality Map

Statewide: So does the Dallas Voice map. full story

Dallas Voice marriage equality map

Broward County: Joe.My.God has video of same sex couples marrying just after midnight in Fort Lauderdale. full story

Escambia County: Hundreds of marriage equality supporters filled Seville Quarter in Pensacola for a party honoring same-sex couples’ right to get married. full story

Hillsborough County: County Clerk of Court Pat Frank may waive the usual three day waiting period to get married. full story

Leon County: Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum is inviting same sex couples in counties that have discontinued courthouse weddings to come to his city to get married. full story

Miami/Dade County: A state judge lifted her stay a day early in Miami, so same sex couples began marrying there first yesterday. full story

Miami/Dade County: Plaintiffs Karla Arguello and Cathy Pareto were the first to receive a marriage license in the county. full story

Monroe County: The gay Key West plaintiffs married at midnight. full story

Orange County: Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer hosted a mass same sex wedding at 9 AM – video. full story

Orange County: Wedding planners say they expect Orlando to become a marriage equality mecca. full story

Palm Beach County: Marriage equality supporters held a mass same sex wedding in Palm Beach at midnight. full story

USA: Does Florida Mean Marriage Equality is a Done Deal?

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

US Supreme Court ColorThe US Supreme Court just turned down Florida’s request for an extension of the stay on a marriage equality ruling on a 7-2 vote. Is this the end for anti gay marriage forces?

John Gallagher at Queerty thinks so:

This time, however, the entire court considered the request for a stay. And in a telling action, only two justices-Antonin Scalia (of course) and Clarence Thomas-would have taken the request. That means seven justices let marriage equality take effect in Florida, including two-Chief Justice John Roberts and Samuel Alito-who dissented from the Supreme Court’s Windsor ruling.

Now, it’s entirely possible that Roberts and Alito saw the request as a narrow legal issue that the Court had no reason to get involved with. But in general they’re not especially willing to place legal reasoning above political ideology. Apparently, they don’t object to marriage equality on legal principle, or at least not enough to try to stop it in its tracks. If they wanted to take a stand, this would have been the chance. Instead, they took a pass. Which is a pretty strong signal that the majority feels that the issue is largely settled. Because there are conflicting rulings, the Court will have to weigh in on the issue at some point.

Even the strongly anti-gay Attorney General, Pam Bondi, is now conceding defeat in her state.

Pink News reports:

In a statement shortly after, Bondi – who has spent much of the past year defending her aggressive action against same-sex marriage – finally admitted defeat. She said: “Tonight, the United States Supreme Court denied the State’s request for a stay in the case before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Regardless of the ruling it has always been our goal to have uniformity throughout Florida until the final resolution of the numerous challenges to the voter-approved constitutional amendment on marriage. Nonetheless, the Supreme Court has now spoken, and the stay will end on January 5.”

Chris Johnson at The Washington Blade puts in his own two cents:

The refusal from the Supreme Court to stay same-sex marriages in Florida is noteworthy because although justices have denied similar requests to halt same-sex marriages in Alaska, Idaho, South Carolina and Kansas, they’ve never done so before in a state where a federal appeals court has yet to rule on the issue. The decision with regard to Florida could be a sign the Supreme Court is ready to rule in favor of nationwide marriage equality no matter what the federal appeals courts decide in the interim.

The fat lady may not have sung, but she’s backstage about to go on.

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Florida Marriage Equality on 1/6 After Supreme Court Declines to Extend Stay

Friday, December 19th, 2014

Rainbow FloridaMarriage equality will come to Florida next month after the US Supreme Court declined to extend the stay on a pro same sex marriage ruling.

Watermark reports:

Same-sex weddings may soon begin in Florida after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to block them. The court said Friday it wouldn’t block the marriages. A federal judge previously declared Florida’s ban on gay marriage unconstitutional and said same-sex marriage licenses could start being issued in the state after Jan. 5 unless the Supreme Court intervened. Most federal judges and appeals courts have ruled against state bans and gay marriages are occurring in about three dozen states. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati has upheld the right of four states to decide whether to allow gay marriage.

Florida becomes the 36th state with marriage equality, and the biggest in awhile, with large LGBT populations in Fort Lauderdale, Miami and Key West.

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Florida Marriage Equality Plaintiffs Ask for State Supreme Court Hearing

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Florida Marriage Equality plaintiffsThe plaintiffs in the Florida marriage equality case in Key West are seeking to bypass the appeals court and go directly top the state Supreme Court.

Joe.My.God reports:

The two Key West bartenders who two weeks ago won their marriage lawsuit in a Monroe County court are petitioning to have their case heard by the Florida Supreme Court. Via the Miami Herald: On July 17, Monroe Chief Circuit Judge Luis Garcia declared Florida’s 2008 gay-marriage ban unconstitutional, ruling against Bondi, whose office defended the ban. Huntsman and Jones have not been allowed to marry: Florida law mandates that an automatic stay pending appeal is triggered when a public official loses a court case. “We’re filing in the court of appeal, a motion, in layman’s terms, to pass through the jurisdiction of the third District Court of Appeal and to send the case directly to the Florida Supreme Court,” Restivo told the Miami Herald. “It’s going to certainly bring this case quicker to finality. It’s going to apply this case, one way or another, to the entire state of Florida, once the Supreme Court rules on it.”

Will the Supreme Court take the case, or send it back to wind its way through the appeals process?

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Florida Marriage Equality Comes to the Keys

Friday, July 18th, 2014

FloridaA judge in Key West just ruled in favor of marriage equality, one of three pending rulings in the state.

The Washington Blade reports:

A state judge in Florida issued a ruling Thursday enjoining state officials from enforcing the state’s same-sex marriage ban in the Florida Keys, but gay couples apparently won’t be able to wed anytime soon there because a notice of appeal was filed. In the latest of an unbroken string of victories in support of marriage equality, Monroe County Circuit Judge Luis Garcia issues summary judgment in favor same-sex couples in his jurisdiction challenging Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage. “This court is aware that the majority of voters oppose same-sex marriage, but it is our country’s proud history to protect the rights of the individual, the rights of the unpopular and the rights of the powerless, even at the cost of offending the majority,” Garcia writes.

There will apparently be no weddings in Key West for now:

Garcia enjoins the Monroe County clerk in the Florida Keys from enforcing the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, saying the clerk must begin giving marriage licenses to gay couples no later than Tuesday. But Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has already filed a notice of appeal. The action from Bondi has made it so same-sex couples will not be able to obtain marriage licenses beginning at that time, according to Monroe County.

Not so fast, says the Sun-Sentinel:

How does Attorney General Pam Bondi’s appeal affect the ruling? “The appeal automatically stays the decision, unless the judge lifts the stay,” said Elizabeth Schwartz, the attorney in a Miami-Dade case where six same-sex couples are suing for the right to marry. “If the court decides to lift the stay, then yes, you can go and get married in Monroe County regardless of where you live.”

Former Governor Charlie Crist applauded the ruling.

On Top Magazine reports:

“This is a great step toward equality in Florida,” Crist tweeted to his more than 19,600 followers. “#LoveisLove.” Crist, who is currently campaigning for his old job as a Democrat, filed an amicus brief in support of a federal challenge to Florida’s marriage ban.

So now we wait and see if the judge lifts the automatic stay.

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Second Florida Marriage Equality Case Heard

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

The second marriage equality case to come to trial was heard in Monroe County yesterday.

Watermark reports:

Monroe County Circuit Judge Luis Garcia heard arguments in a lawsuit filed by Key West couple Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones. They sued Monroe County Clerk Amy Heavilin in April for marriage licenses. According to Equality Florida, who has a staffer inside the courtroom, the judge opened the July 7 hearing by announcing that we should not expect a ruling today.

That’s two in a week. Rulings could come down at any time.

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