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H/T: John M. Becker at The Bilerico Project

thepoliticalfreakshow:

WEST PALM BEACH —

Following recent rulings from judges in three South Florida counties, a Palm Beach County Circuit judge this afternoon issued a ruling declaring Florida’s ban on same sex marriage unconstitutional.

Circuit Judge Diana Lewis’ opinion was tied to a probate case surrounding the death of Frank Bangor, a man who owned property in Florida and married W. Jason Simpson in Delaware, where gay marriage is legal. Lewis is running for reelection this month.

Under Florida law, a spouse is recognized as a personal representative of an estate provided the out-of-state marriage is recognized as valid under state law. Simpson, through attorney Andrew Fein, petitioned Lewis to be recognized as Bangor’s personal representative despite a ban on gay marriage in Florida.

Lewis’ ruling comes a day after a Broward judge shot down Florida’s same-sex marriage ban in a decision regarding a West Palm Beach woman’s quest to divorce a woman she wed in a civil union in Vermont. Judges in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties have issued similar rulings.

thepoliticalfreakshow:

A second Florida judge has ruled that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and unenforceable. It is the second such ruling in the state in as many weeks. Like last week’s ruling, the decision has been stayed pending appeal, so same-sex couples cannot yet begin marrying in Florida.

Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Sarah Zabel opened her decision with an excerpt from Loving v. Virginia, the Supreme Court decision that overturned all bans on interracial marriage. Referring to passages like, “The Fourteenth Amendment requires that the freedom of choice to marry not be restricted by invidious… discriminations,” she noted that the language “applies equally” to the case at hand. She suggested it was “disingenuous” of the state to ignore it in their arguments.

Zabel dismissed many of the arguments made by Florida in court, including attempts to define “marriage” as inherently only being between a man and a woman. “The inquiry is not whether there is a right to same-sex marriage,” she emphasized, “but whether same-sex couples can be excluded from the right to marriage.”

Arguments about childrearing also fell flat, particularly because of Florida’s own jurisprudence; state courts previously knocked down laws banning same-sex couples from adopting in 2010. Not only does the court record show that same-sex couples make equally effective parents, but it demonstrates that child-rearing is a separate issue from marriage altogether. “Rather,” Zabel wrote, “the marriage bans merely prevent same-sex couples from having their already existent families and partnerships recognized in the same manner as opposite-sex couples,” which harms the children they are already raising.

Noting the country’s long history of overcoming prejudice and discrimination, Zabel concluded that, “as evidenced by the avalanche of court decisions unanimously favoring marriage equality, the dam that was denying justice on this front has been broken.”

Source: Zack Ford for ThinkProgress

H/T: Sean Sullivan at The Washington Post

crooksandliars:

Florida Man To County Officials: 'My Constitution Gives Me The Right To Shoot Every One Of You'

Jose Antonio Fernandez, 54, found that out the hard way Tuesday when he stepped up to the microphone that threatening to shoot members of the Miami-Dade County Commission will land a guy in jail.  Fernandez warned that if the county were to take his property, he would have “the right to shoot every one of you.”

"Shoot ‘em," he said.

According to the Miami Herald, Fernandez, sporting a prominent beard and a T-shirt that read “No to United Nations Agenda 21,” accused the commission of “confiscating the land of small farmers.”


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Unlike other pro-marriage equality rulings in other states, this particular ruling appears to be for only the Florida Keys region instead of statewide. 

think-progress:

This endangered Florida forest will be destroyed to make room for…Walmart and Chik-Fil-A.

h/t: Ian Millhiser at Think Progress Justice

h/t: Huffington Post

h/t: Nicole Flatow at Think Progress Justice

Safe to say he needs to be fired.

FL teacher who routinely tweets ‘OBAMA IS A P*SSY’ upset at exclusion from Obama event (via Raw Story )

A social studies teacher at a Florida high school is claiming that his “right to free speech” was violated when school administrators barred him from a recent appearance of President Barack Obama. Coral Reef Senior High teacher Randall Scott had…



 

In the special to replace the deceased GOP Congressman C.W. Bill Young, David Jolly (R) wins the special as Alex Sink blows it again for The Donkeys.

Hopefully Jolly loses in November, as Rick Scott will hurt the GOPers there downballot. 

politico:

It’s game day in Florida

Hopefully Alex Sink wins tonight.

healthnewstop:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican U.S. Representative Trey Radel, who was charged in November with buying cocaine, plans to resign from Congress on Monday, his office said. Radel, 37, elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012 backed by the conservative Tea Party…
Source:Florida congressman Radel to resign after cocaine charge