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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

KEY WEST — A federal judge in Orlando struck down a Florida law on Tuesday that required welfare recipients to undergo mandatory drug testing.

Judge Mary S. Scriven of United States District Court wrote in her decision that the state’s testing requirement was unconstitutional. “The court finds there is no set of circumstances under which the warrantless, suspicionless drug testing at issue in this case could be constitutionally applied,” she wrote. The ruling made permanent an earlier, temporary ban by the judge.

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The decision stems from a 2011 suit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Florida Justice Institute on behalf of a Central Florida resident, Luis W. Lebron, a Navy veteran who had filed for public assistance. Mr. Lebron, the single father of a 5-year-old who also provided care for his disabled mother, argued that it was unfair to require drug testing when no suspicion of drug abuse existed.

Judge Scriven agreed.

Howard Simon, executive director of the A.C.L.U. of Florida, said that “the courts are now signaling to politicians that they are not going to treat poor people as if they were exempt from constitutional rights.”

Yet another reason why drug testing welfare recipients is a not sound policy idea, and it’s an Unconstitutional and costly idea to boot. But that won’t stop many brainwashed right-wing zombies from promoting it as “good policy”.

h/t: The New York Times

holygoddamnshitballs:

A Christian school in Orlando, Florida told a 12-year-old African-American girl and her family that she must change her naturally curly, voluminous hair to a more conventional style or face expulsion from school.

According to Eyewitness 10 News, when 7th grader Vanessa VanDyke reported to school officials that she was being bullied and harassed by other students, they issued her an ultimatum.

Administrators told the girl that she had one week to choose between cutting and straightening her hair or leaving the school that she has attended since 3rd grade.

h/t: Huffington Post