Sarasota County School Board to discuss trans-inclusive bathroom policy after hearing from community

By : Jeremy Williams
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The Sarasota County School Board will discuss the future of transgender-inclusive bathroom policies at a board workshop Feb. 16.

This comes after a Feb. 2 school board meeting where more than 150 people attended to voice their opinions on the subject.

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Equality Florida awards Lifetime Acheivment, Voice of Equality at Suncoast Celebration

By : Jeremy Williams
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Equality Florida knows how to put together a party and they proved that when they honored LGBT civil rights attorney Mary Bonauto and Asolo Repertory Theatre’s artistic director Michael Donald Edwards at the Suncoast Celebration in Sarasota Nov. 21.

Several hundred attendees gathered on the top floor of the Palm Avenue Parking Garage to mingle with guests, enjoy a full open bar and dine on food courtesy of Louie’s Modern by Tableside.

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Nebraska judge adjourns same-sex marriage hearing, no decision until next week

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A federal judge will be asked Feb. 19 to tell the state of Nebraska that it immediately must recognize same-sex marriages while a lawsuit challenging the state’s gay marriage ban proceeds.

U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon said there likely won’t be a decision Feb. 19, but he will act swiftly. The judge said he hasn’t seen a courtroom this full in a while.

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Kansas Supreme Court puts off same-sex marriage hearing

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court on Nov. 5 indefinitely postponed a hearing in a gay-marriage case because of a federal judge’s order in a separate lawsuit barring the state from enforcing its constitutional same-sex marriage ban.

Nevertheless, the ban remains in effect because the judge stayed his decision to allow the state to appeal, which it did.

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Judge to hold hearing in Kansas same-sex marriage suit

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge is to hear a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union challenging Kansas’ ban on same-sex marriage.

The hearing Oct. 31 afternoon before U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree in Kansas City, Kansas, is on the ACLU’s request for an order to force Kansas to allow gay marriages.

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Rick Scott won’t take clear stance on marriage equality ruling, appeal

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Bonita Springs, FL – Florida Governor Rick Scott dodged reporters’ questions about what he thought about the July 17 ruling that found the state’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.

On July 18 South Florida reporters asked Scott what he thought about the ruling and immediate appeal made by Florida Attorney Pam Bondi, and he wouldn’t directly answer any of their questions, the Miami Herald reported.

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‘Decision Day’ gatherings planned across Florida to celebrate ruling on marriage equality

By : Christal Hayes
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Florida’s LGBT community and supporters are still waiting for the ruling that could change their lives.

A lawsuit was filed back in January by six same-sex couples and the Equality Florida Institute in the state courts of Miami, stating that Amendment 2 in the Florida Constitution banning same-sex marriages was unconstitutional. Miami Dade Circuit Court Judge Sarah Zabel heard arguments in that case July 2 and has yet to issue a ruling.

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All eyes on Monroe County for gay marriage hearing

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All eyes are on Monroe County as Circuit Judge Luis Garcia hears arguments regarding Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Two men, Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones, sued Monroe County Clerk Amy Heavilin in April for marriage licenses.

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Hearing set in Virginia’s marriage equality lawsuit

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) – A hearing is set in Harrisonburg on the lawsuit challenging Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban.

Lawyers for the two Shenandoah Valley couples who filed the lawsuit are asking a federal judge to certify the case as a class action representing all same-sex couples in the state. Judge Michael Urbanski will hear arguments.

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Marriage equality push gathering steam in New Jersey

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Four national groups advocating for recognizing same-sex marriage are teaming up in New Jersey, saying that the state is primed to allow gay couples to wed.

The New Jersey United for Marriage campaign is based on the efforts that secured gay marriage rights in Rhode Island, Delaware and Minnesota.

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