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By Steve Rothaus

LGBT groups throughout Florida are praising the confirmation on Tuesday of Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Darrin P. Gayles to the federal court.

Source: Advocate

By Trudy Ring

Opponents of marriage equality love to say their position is based in concern for children. They invoke the mantra that every child deserves a mother and a father – and, of course, they see parenting in terms of rigid gender roles, so heaven forbid that a child be raised by two parents of the same sex or, for that matter, a single parent.

By Matt Galka

Florida’s Attorney General is fighting to dismiss a challenge to the state’s same sex marriage law. But the wording she used has rubbed Equality Florida the wrong way.

Three anti-gay groups Florida cannot intervene in a Florida lawsuit fighting for marriage equality, a circuit court judge ruled June 3. Judge Sarah Zabel ruled that Florida Family Action Inc., Florida Democratic League and People United to Lead the Struggle for Equality—all who support the state’s ban on marriage equality and were represented by the Liberty Counsel—cannot intervene in Pareto v. Ruvin.

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As the gay-rights movement gains ground nationally, Florida has some work to do to catch up and provide equal protection to all its citizens.

Written By: Steve Rothaus

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel said Tuesday she would decide “in the next week or so” whether to suspend a local gay-marriage lawsuit until after some similar federal case is decided in the future.

In January, six same-sex couples sued Miami-Dade County Clerk Harvey Ruvin after his office wouldn’t issue them marriage licenses.

Ruvin’s lawyers had originally asked Zabel to suspend the case indefintely. On Tuesday, they changed their wording.

Written By: Susan Clary

St. Petersburg – When the petite 85-year old Edith Windsor slowly descended the stairs at the Mahaffey Theater to step to the microphone, hundreds of people rose to their feet and applauded wildly.