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News from within the borders of Florida and the fight for LGBT equality there. As of 2013, Florida legistlators have still not stuck down's the state's sodomy laws, though they remain unenforceable since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Lawrence v. Texas. The state also voted to ban same-sex marriage and civil unions in 2008. Florida is infamous as the home of the Save the Children campaign helmed by Anita Bryant, which led to the prohibition of same-sex couples from adopting children in 1977.
Transcript: The Other Awkward Moment in Florida's Governor Debate
October 16 2014 1:47 PM ET

The Other Awkward Moment in Florida's Governor Debate

Lucas Grindley

That weird delay to the start of the debate wasn't the only uncomfortable moment.

Florida AG Asks State Supreme Court to Decide Marriage Now
October 14 2014 3:48 PM ET

Florida AG Asks State Supreme Court to Decide Marriage Now

Sunnivie Brydum

After losing five times in state and federal courts attempting to defend Florida's ban on same-sex marriage, Attorney General Pam Bondi now wants the state Supreme Court to decide the issue.

PHOTOS: Orlando Pride 2014
October 13 2014 2:18 PM ET

PHOTOS: Orlando Pride Was a Wild Theme Park Ride

Advocate.com Editors

Fireworks! Rainbows! Lil' Kim! Come Out With Pride was a blast — see the photos.

Florida Governor Won't Back Down on Opposing Marriage Equality
October 09 2014 2:40 PM ET October 09 2014 3:00 PM ET

Florida Governor Won't Back Down on Opposing Marriage Equality

Jorge Rodriguez-Jimenez

Florida's governor and attorney general pledge to fight marriage equality despite U.S. Supreme Court recent refusal to review same-sex marriage appeals.

WATCH: Which State's Marriage Equality Proposal Will Make SCOTUS Say 'I Do?'
September 02 2014 4:40 PM ET

WATCH: Which State's Marriage Proposal Will Make SCOTUS Say 'I Do?'

Matt Baume

For Supreme Court-watchers hoping to see a definitive verdict on marriage equality nationwide, it's time to hurry up and wait.

4 Most Powerful Quotes From Florida's Latest Marriage Equality Ruling
August 22 2014 4:16 PM ET

4 Most Powerful Quotes In New Fla. Marriage Ruling

Matt Baume

Federal judge Robert L. Hinkle struck down Florida's ban on same-sex marriage Thursday, using eloquent, unequivocal language to side with equality.

Twice-Divorced Florida AG: 'I'm Just Getting Started' Defending Marriage Ban
August 22 2014 3:53 PM ET

Twice-Divorced AG Brags About Defense of Fla. Marriage Ban

Sunnivie Brydum

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi says she's only just begun to defend marriage discrimination.

Federal Judge Rules Florida's Same-Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional
August 21 2014 4:16 PM ET

Federal Judge Rules Florida's Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

Sunnivie Brydum and Jorge Rodriguez-Jimenez

This is the first federal judge to find that Florida's ban on same-sex marriage, approved by voters in 2008 as Amendment 2, violates the U.S. Constitution.

STUDY: Same-Sex Marriage Would Boost Florida's Economy
August 20 2014 1:44 PM ET

How Much Would Florida Earn by Enacting Marriage Equality? 

Jorge Rodriguez-Jimenez

If Florida passing marriage equality, the state's economy would see a major return, according to The Williams Institute.

Pastor Who Canceled Gay Man's Funeral Regrets Nothing
August 11 2014 2:58 PM ET

Pastor Who Canceled Gay Man's Funeral Regrets Nothing

Michelle Garcia

The pastor of a church in Tampa, Fla., says he does not regret canceling a funeral service because the deceased man was gay.

Church Cancels Man's Funeral Because He Was Gay
August 08 2014 1:59 PM ET

Church Cancels Man's Funeral Because He Was Gay

Michelle Garcia

The man's family was forced to move his funeral with 24 hours notice after officials at the church hosting the event realized he was gay.

Judge: Florida Must Recognize Out-of-State Marriages
August 05 2014 2:42 PM ET

Florida Marriage Ban Loses Three for Three

Sunnivie Brydum

A third GOP-appointed state judge has ruled that Florida's ban on performing or recognizing same-sex marriages is unconstitutional.

Fla. Police Arrest Man Suspected of Burning Trans Woman to Death
July 30 2014 7:34 PM ET

Fla. Police Arrest Man Suspected of Burning Trans Woman to Death

Parker Marie Molloy

A Florida man is in custody for the murder of a transgender woman who was found burned to death last month.

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