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September 2, 2014

'Reply to all' claims another victim as a lawyer cites the Bible slamming a judge's decision to rule in favor of gay rights

A lawyer is regretting hitting that 'reply all' button after he sent out an offensive email calling AIDS the 'gay plague' to his entire company.

Now he is in 'severe' trouble after rallying against same sex marriage, spouting off religious bile in the name of opposing equality.

Walter Kubitz, a senior lawyer at Becker & Poliakoff, was angry a federal court recently found Florida's ban on same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional.

August 21, 2014

US District Judge Robert L Hinkle thinks such bans will be looked upon in history the same as interracial marriage bans

In the most significant ruling to date on Florida's gay marriage ban, a federal judge on Thursday (21 August) has declared that the ban violates the US Constitution.

The ruling by Tallahassee-based US District Judge Robert L Hinkle comes after four state judges reached the same legal conclusion earlier this year.

August 15, 2014

C1 Financial has become the first publicly traded American bank to have an openly gay man to head the company in CEO Trevor Burgess

Florida based bank C1 Financial became the first publicly listed bank in the United States to have an openly gay CEO when its stock became available to trade on Thursday.

C1 Financial CEO Trevor Burgess had to disclose his husband owns shares in the bank in filing the paper work necessary for its shares to be made publicly listed – something that he would not had to have done prior to the Supreme Court’s striking down of the federal Defense Of Marriage Act last year.

August 9, 2014

Mother told by pastor that it would be 'blasphemous' to hold the funeral at his church given that the deceased was gay and married to a man

The family of Julion Evan had to scramble and make alternative arrangements after the church, where the funeral service was to be held, abruptly canceled it after learning that the deceased was gay and married.

August 7, 2014

Vision America and Tea Party Unity founder Rick Scarborough believes God would be ‘perfectly just and vindicated’ if he allowed half of America to be destroyed by nuclear weapons over its support for LGBTI rights

Southern Baptist pastor Rick Scarborough has told an audience in Florida that God would be right to destroy America over its support for LGBTI rights and has claimed that this is why the Muslim world views it as ‘the great Satan.’

Scarborough, who is the founder of the organizations Tea Party Unity and Vision America made the comments in a video posted to YouTube by Right Wing Watch at the end of July.

August 5, 2014

Judge in Palm Beach County case rules state cannot stop man from inheriting late husband's estate

Florida's ban on same-sex marriage suffered its second legal setback in two days on Tuesday (5 August) and fourth in the past three weeks.

Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Diana Lewis ruled that the marriage ban is unconstitutional in a case involving a gay man seeking to inherit his late husband's estate.

The ruling applies only to the case involving plaintiff W. Jason Simpson who married his late spouse in another state. Simpson now cannot be blocked from claiming the estate.

August 4, 2014

Ruling only applies to Broward County and judge issued immediate stay

Florida's ban in same-sex marriages suffered another blow today when a state judge - the third in three weeks - ruled that the ban violates that US constitution.

The ruling by Broward County state Circuit Court Judge Dale Cohen applies only to that particular county and the judge issues an immediate stay pending the expected appeal.

Cohen ruled in a lawsuit filed by Heather Brassner who had entered into a civil union with Megan Lade in Vermont and is seeking a divorce in Florida. 

July 31, 2014

‘In 2014, I wouldn’t want this to be perceived as an event just more for minorities. I’d like to make this as an opportunity for everyone’

Browsing through photos from the Miami Beach Bruthaz party shows crowds of black and Latino partygoers jumping into pools and enjoying the festivities.

But founder Ian Smith told Gay Star News the weekend is more than a party, and it’s not just an event for minorities.

This year, from 17 to 20 July, Miami played host to the 8th annual Bruthaz party.

In under a decade the event has grown to welcome international travelers all while keeping a family-oriented vibe.

July 26, 2014

Ruling is second in eight days declaring Florida ban unconstitutional

Florida's ban on same-sex marriage has suffered its second defeat in less than two weeks.

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel has ordered that six same-sex couples who sued County Clerk Harvey Ruvin for marriage licenses in January should be allowed to get married.

But Zabel, who issued her ruling late Friday (25 July) afternoon, stayed her decision pending appeal so there will be no immediate marriages in the county.

Zabel cited a 1967 Supreme Court ruling overturning a state ban on interracial marriage in her ruling.

July 23, 2014

Republican Senator from Florida insists support for definition of marriage as being between one man and one woman is not anti-gay

US Senator Marco Rubio went on the offensive against gay marriage advocates on Wednesday (24 July) accusing them of being 'intolerant.'

Rubio, a Republican from Florida, spoke to an audience at Catholic University of America in Washington DC and said: 'I promise you even before this speech is over I’ll be attacked as a hater or a bigot or someone who is anti-gay.

July 23, 2014

Republican Senator from Florida insists support for definition of marriage as being between one man and one woman is not anti-gay

US Senator Marco Rubio went on the offensive against gay marriage advocates on Wednesday (24 July) accusing them of being 'intolerant.'

Rubio, a Republican from Florida, spoke to an audience at Catholic University of America in Washington DC and said: 'I promise you even before this speech is over I’ll be attacked as a hater or a bigot or someone who is anti-gay.

July 22, 2014

Florida representative speaks out in favor of judge's ruling to allow same-sex marriages in the state's Monroe County

Republican David Jolly is quickly proving to be his own man.

Less than five months into his term as a freshman member of the US House of Representatives from Florida, Jolly has come out publicly in favor of same-sex member despite being a member of a political party that has steadfastly been opposed to it.

July 17, 2014

Case marks 25th consecutive legal victory for marriage equality since US Supreme Court gutted DOMA last year

Circuit Judge Luis Garcia struck down Florida's gay marriage ban on Thursday (17 July) declaring it unconstitutional.

The judge said the soonest same-sex marriages could take place in Monroe County (located in the Florida Keys) would be Tuesday (22 July). This is the only county in the state over which Garcia has jurisdiction.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi immediately filed an appeal and stated: 'Finality on this constitutional issue must come from the U.S. Supreme Court.'

July 17, 2014

Three gay friends spending a long weekend in Naples found, among many things, humid streets, attractive architecture and oddly erotic statues

An Italian, a German and a London gay man found themselves in the streets of Naples for the annual Gay Pride celebration.

The biggest city in southern Italy gets quite hot in the summer, but our travelers were keen to scope out the tastes and sights of Napoli.

Before and after the parade, the three men (including our GSN team member Marcus James) took to the streets of Naples in search of some legendary pasta (or pizza) and to check out the tourism spots.

So what was Naples like for our three amigos?

July 11, 2014

Florida doesn’t recognize any form of same-sex unions. Fort Lauderdale wants to change that

Tourism officials in Fort Lauderdale, a popular LGBT destination in Florida, want to repeal the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Fort Lauderdale’s reputation as the city with the highest number of same-sex couples in the US could be bolstered this year as two separate same-sex union lawsuits are debated in state and federal courts.

July 11, 2014

Florida doesn’t recognize any form of same-sex unions. Fort Lauderdale wants to change that

Tourism officials in Fort Lauderdale, a popular LGBT destination in Florida, want to repeal the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Fort Lauderdale’s reputation as the city with the highest number of same-sex couples in the US could be bolstered this year as two separate same-sex union lawsuits are debated in state and federal courts.

July 10, 2014

Heat up this winter with LGBT cruises to Latin America, the Caribbean, the South Pacific and Europe

If you’ve fantasized of having a boogie and a beer with a burly German man, sharing a sunset dance with a beautiful Tahitian woman, or partying with DOZENS of RuPaul’s Drag Race contestants at once, your dreams are about to come true.

The season’s hottest gay and lesbian cruises prove a winter holiday need not be frigid.

From steamy pool parties to adventures in the sweltering Mexican jungle, these five cruises turn up the heat for guests no matter what their preferred scene.

Lesbians in leiderhosen? Check.

June 25, 2014

An estimated 125,000 people are expected to descend on St Pete Pride from 27 to 29 June to join the sunset Pride parade, block party and family-friendly street fest

We knew Miami, Key West and Fort Lauderdale have serious LGBTI credentials.

But we were pleasantly surprised to learn Florida’s largest Gay Pride festivities take place in the city of St Petersburg (obviously not to be confused with the Russian city).

Sharing a peninsula on Florida’s western coast with the city of Clearwater, bordered by the Gulf of Mexico to the west and Tampa Bay to the east, the sun-drenched city of St Petersburg packs a lot of pride into just one weekend.

June 24, 2014

A Florida HIV group that benefits from White Party Miami sales is disappointed Gay Days Fort Lauderdale has been scheduled for the same Thanksgiving weekend

Not everyone is happy Gay Days has announced Fort Lauderdale as the latest city to join its week-long pool party and DJ line-up.

Many Florida businesses are looking forward to the 15,000 LGBTI fans who will descend on the Florida city, infusing an estimated $18 million (€13 million) into the local economy.

But local HIV and AIDS organization Care Resource CEO Rick Siclari is disappointed the event is scheduled for the same weekend as White Party Miami, an event whose sales contribute to Care Resource.

June 24, 2014

A Florida HIV group that benefits from White Party Miami sales is disappointed Gay Days Fort Lauderdale has been scheduled for the same Thanksgiving weekend

Not everyone is happy Gay Days has announced Fort Lauderdale as the latest city to join its week-long pool party and DJ line-up.

Many Florida businesses are looking forward to the 15,000 LGBTI fans who will descend on the Florida city, infusing an estimated $18 million (€13 million) into the local economy.

But local HIV and AIDS organization Care Resource CEO Rick Siclari is disappointed the event is scheduled for the same weekend as White Party Miami, an event whose sales contribute to Care Resource.

June 23, 2014

Victim was misgendered by the police report and her own family even after her death

Police are trying to find the killer who burned a transgender woman to death and hid her body behind a garbage bin.

The victim was identified as Yaz'min Shancez, 31, from Fort Myers, in Florida. The police report misgendered her and gave her birth given name.

The police are not treating it as a hate crime.

‘We have no indication at this time to say this was specifically done because it was a male living as a female or anything like that,’ Fort Myers Police's Jay Rodriguez said.

June 17, 2014

Darrin Gayles and Staci Yandle are also both African-American

The US Senate made history on Tuesday (17 June) when it confirmed two openly gay judges to the federal bench on the same day.

Both are also African-American.

Judge Darrin Gayles, confirmed to the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida, is the first openly gay African American man to be confirmed as a lifetime-appointed federal judge in the nation’s history.

June 11, 2014

Whether or not going nude is your thing, our guide on where to whet your palate and gay it up in Florida's island city is sure to get you excited

Visiting Key West feels like you’re in another world unto itself.

Maybe it's the mix of city life and island vibes, a balance so difficult to get right yet one Key West pulls off with poise.

Maybe it’s the inspiring tropical landscape, a mix of deep green foliage, shimmering blue waters and bursts of color from flowers and buildings that rivals the universal rainbow flags just about everywhere in sight.

May 11, 2014

Judge says his decision to retire early came after an 'inappropriate invasion of my privacy'

Judge David Audlin on Friday retired as Monroe County’s chief circuit judge – with four years left in his second six-year term – to return to private practice.