Supreme Court will consider hearing Louisiana marriage equality case

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In an unprecedented move, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider taking on a same-sex marriage case out of Louisiana.

A District Court upheld the state’s ban on marriage equality, and the plaintiffs appealed to the 5th Circuit Court. In the meantime, they also asked the U.S. Supreme Court to consider the case. 

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Judge grants Florida’s first gay divorce

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Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP) — The first formal divorce for a gay couple in Florida has been granted by a county judge who also declared the state’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.

Circuit Judge Dale Cohen on Dec. 17 dissolved the marriage of Heather Brassner and Megan Lade. They were united in a 2002 civil union in Vermont. Cohen had ruled in August that Florida’s gay marriage ban is unconstitutional and that out-of-state gay marriages should be recognized.

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ACLU to file marriage equality response Dec. 18

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The ACLU’s response on why marriage equality in Florida should not stay on hold will be filed Dec. 18.

On Dec. 16, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas requested that the plaintiffs respond to Florida attorney general Pam Bondi’s attempt to extend the stay on same-sex marriages that would otherwise expire end of day Jan. 5, 2015. Thomas set a deadline of 5 p.m. Dec. 18 for that response.

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Ty Herndon talks about being out and proud in country music

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Country singer Ty Herndon, who began topping the country music charts nearly 20 years ago, came out publicly as a gay man a week before Thanksgiving 2014. That’s something for which country music fans, gay and straight, can be thankful. A country chart-topper in the 1990s, Herndon’s hits include “What Matters Most,” “Living In A Moment,” “It Must Be Love” and “Loved Too Much,” to mention a few. Now an out and proud gay man, with a partner of five years named Matty, Herndon is one of the LGBT artists in Nashville working to make the country music capital a safe and productive place for out musicians and LGBT followers of the popular musical genre. We spoke with Ty about coming out, his career and more in late November 2014.

WATERMARK: It’s been about five days since your coming out story ran on People.com and you were discussed on CBS’s The Talk, CNN and interviewed on Entertainment Tonight. How has the experience been so far?
TY HERNDON: I feel so incredibly blessed. I have struggled with being gay my entire career and life. Of course, I’ve had so much support from my friends and close family that supported me, that knew I was gay. But it’s been so freeing for the fans to know; the fans in country music, especially. They have really been supportive and awesome. There are always going to be the naysayers and we’ve had a few of those. 99% of the feedback from the fans and in Nashville has been incredibly supportive. It’s blown my mind, to be honest with you. I feel extremely happy. And I feel extremely excited about the future because, really, at the end of the day I just want to be authentic and continue to make great music. That’s what I was what put on this planet to do, that’s my gift. I’m singing better than I ever have. There’s lots of music coming in the new year. That really makes me happy.

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With funding finalized, The Center’s renovation moves ahead

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Orlando – The GLBT Center of Central Florida is looking for a few good men (and women).

On Dec. 8, The Orlando City Commission gave final approval to a $146,500 to renovate The Center’s headquarters on Mills Avenue, paving the way for the bidding process to begin. Terry DeCarlo, executive director of The Center, said it is hiring roofers first because that has to be fixed before the board can move ahead with other renovations. DeCarlo said the architect plans are also almost complete.

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MBA still searching for answers

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Orlando – The Metropolitan Business Association is in talks with police about pursuing charges against Mikael Audebert, its former president, but the organization has not yet made the move.

Audebert resigned from the MBA in October and was fired from his post as executive director of Come Out With Pride in November. Since then, the MBA Board and its subsidiary organizations have revealed a financial mess, blaming Audebert, and told Watermark Dec. 2 they planned to go to the authorities with their findings of alleged financial fraud.

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Chamber set to recognize business leaders with Diamond Gala

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Clearwater – On Jan. 17, the Tampa Bay Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce will hold its first-ever Diamond Award Ceremony. There, the organization—formerly known as the Tampa Bay Business Guild—will honor Tampa Bay community and business leaders with an awards ceremony at the Holiday Inn on Ulmerton Road.

“These awards highlight the impact by community and business leaders and celebrate the achievements of the best of the best in Tampa Bay,” explains TBGLCC Vice President Ashley Brundage.

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Florida clerks warned against issuing same-sex marriage licenses

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Miami – The association representing Florida’s 67 court clerks warned Dec. 16 that a federal judge’s ruling overturning the state ban on same-sex marriage only applies now in one Panhandle county.

Lawyers for the Florida Association of Court Clerks and Comptrollers said in a statement Dec. 16 that Washington County is the only place named in the federal lawsuit. Clerks in all other counties, according to the association, aren’t bound by U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle’s ruling in August that the gay marriage ban is unconstitutional.

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Screened Out – Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

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Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Steve Coogan, Owen Wilson, Rebel Wilson, Ben Kingsley, Maya Rudolph, Ricky Gervais, Mickey Rooney, Dick Van Dyke, Mickey Rooney, Andrea Martin, Skylar Gisondo, Hugh Jackman

History comes alive! Sort of.

As special effects-heavy joyrides, Night at the Museum – all three films – are absolute pleasures to watch. The third and supposedly final flick finds a little more poignancy. It still skimps on the plot unity and the ability to teach some actual history.

The set-up is still the same. Because of an ancient Egyptian tablet, all the displays in New Yorks Museum of Natural History come to life after the sun goes down. So, we get to see Teddy Roosevelt (Williams), a cowboy (Wilson), and Caesar Octavius (Coogan) run around with dinosaurs, Huns, Neanderthals, monkeys, and such. Stiller is the night watchman who oversees all this madness.

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Gay veterans get OK for Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade

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BOSTON (AP) – The organizers of Boston’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade voted to allow a group representing gay veterans to march next year, a dramatic turnaround for an organization that has long resisted the inclusion of gays.

The South Boston Allied War Veterans Council, which won a U.S. Supreme Court decision in 1995 upholding their right to ban gay groups from the annual parade that draws hundreds of thousands of spectators, voted 5-4 on Dec. 15 to allow the group OutVets to march in the parade scheduled for March 15. They will be allowed to carry a blue banner with five white stars representing the branches of the military, and six vertical rainbow stripes.

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Jewish congregations move to include gays

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Jane Tausig and her partner were Conservative Jews who came out late in life.

But back then, in 2000, the movement had not yet caught up with them.

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Justice Thomas requests a response to Bondi’s attempt to keep same-sex marriage on hold

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is giving Florida attorney general Pam Bondi’s petition to keep marriage equality on hold the time of day.

On Dec. 16, Thomas requested that the plaintiffs respond to Bondi’s attempt to extend the stay on same-sex marriages that would otherwise expire end of day Jan. 5, 2015. Thomas has set a deadline of 5 p.m. Dec. 18 for that response.

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