Pam Bondi doesn’t want to pay for her bigotry

By : Billy Manes
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OK, so let’s just say that you’re a terrible person who has spent the better part of your career attempting to be even more terrible. Then, let’s say that you are Florida’s attorney general and your name is Pam Bondi. Are we still talking? Good. Let’s also say that you spent years fighting the Affordable Care Act, that little thing that has revolutionized health care, and – barring the expansion of Medicaid in Florida, something you have not supported – made a whole lot of lives a little bit easier. How could you be more terrible?

You don’t pay your own bigotry bill.

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Florida removes gay adoption ban, bill giving agencies a right to discriminate dies

By : Jeremy Williams
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Tallahassee – The Florida Legislature has moved two gay adoption bills through the 2015 session—one pro-LGBT, the other anti-LGBT—and both are racing to get to the governor’s desk and become law before the session ends.

On April 14, the Florida Senate passed the first of these bills, the Adoption and Foster Care bill (CS/HB 7013), by a vote of 27-11. The bill strikes outdated statutory language that bans gay people from adopting in the state of Florida.

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Judge rules Texas ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional

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Austin – The Texas ban on same-sex marriage was ruled unconstitutional by a Travis County judge on Feb. 17.

Travis County Probate Judge Guy Herman’s ruling is raising questions as to whether LGBT couples can begin marrying in the county. Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir said she is ready to being issuing same-sex marriage licenses as soon as the court allows it.

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Alabama counties slowly following marriage laws, but a majority still refusing federal ruling

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Only 23 of Alabama’s 67 counties have followed a federal ruling declaring a ban on same-sex marriages there unconstitutional. That means 44 counties—which encompasses 56% of Alabamians—have refused to follow federal law. According to the HRC, 16 counties have refused to follow the ruling and have only given marriage licenses to opposite-gender couples. Twenty-eight counties have decided not to issue marriage licenses to any couples at all.

“Alabama’s probate judges are tasked with following the law,” said Sarah Warbelow, HRC’s Legal Director. “Unfortunately, some judges are willfully disobeying a federal court order, and harming loving, committed couples of all kinds in the process. It’s time for order to be restored and for the law to be followed.”

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Federal judge rules Montana’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge in Montana on Nov. 19 overturned the state’s gay marriage ban.

U.S. District Judge Brian Morris ruled that Montana’s constitutional amendment limiting marriage to between a man and a woman violates the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause.

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Louisiana judge rules gay marriage ban unconstitutional

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A judge in Louisiana has ruled that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, in part because he says it violates equal protection rights.

KLFY-TV reported that Judge Edward Rubin ruled Sept. 22 that the ban violated the 14th Amendment and the constitutional requirement that states give “full faith and credit” to each other’s laws.

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Virginia same-sex marriage ban ruled unconstitutional

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court has struck down Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond ruled July 28 that state constitutional and statutory provisions barring gay marriage and denying recognition of such unions performed in other states violate the U.S. Constitution. The Virginia gay marriage case is one of several that could go to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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County in New Mexico has issued nearly 900 marriage licenses in 1 year

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) – A southern New Mexico county clerk says he has issued nearly 900 marriage licenses to same-sex couples in the past year.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that Dona Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins said July 25 his office has given out 896 licenses since August 2013.

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Second judge rules Florida’s marriage ban unconstitutional

By : Steve Blanchard
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Miami – A second judge this month has ruled that the voter-initiated ban on same-sex marriages in Florida is unconstitutional. Judge Sarah Zabel released her decision on July 25, almost three weeks after hearing arguments July 2 in a lawsuit filed by the Equality Florida Institute and six same-sex couples.

“To deny this fundamental freedom on so unsupportable a basis as the . . . classifications embodied in these statutes, classifications so directly subversive of the principle of equality at the heart of the Fourteenth Amendment, is surely to deprive all the State’s citizens of liberty without due process of law,” Zabel wrote in her decision. “The Fourteenth Amendment requires that the freedom of choice to marry not be restricted by invidious . . . discriminations.”

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Wisconsin AG says marriage isn’t a fundamental right

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MILWAUKEE (AP) – Wisconsin’s attorney general compared gay marriage to abortion on July 23 in arguing that there was no fundamental right to it and state laws defining marriage as between one man and one woman were reasonable.

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen made his arguments in a brief filed with the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago. Van Hollen is appealing a federal judge’s June decision declaring Wisconsin’s ban on gay marriage unconstitutional. The case has been combined with a similar one from Indiana.

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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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Judge rules Florida marriage ban unconstitutional

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UPDATE! Florida attorney general Pam Bondi has appealed the Judge Luis Garcia’s decision to overturn the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

“With many similar cases pending throughout the entire country, finality on this constitutional issue must come from the U.S. Supreme Court,” reads a statement Bondi’s office released quickly after the ruling. 

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