State Required To Pay Legal Fees In Gay-Marriage FightLawyers representing plaintiffs who successfully challenged Florida's ban on same-sex marriage are entitled to collect legal fees from the state, a federal judge has ruled.
'Religious Freedom' Bills Causing ControversyThe fight over religious freedom making headlines in two states. A major project in North Carolina is being pulled over while Mississippi sees a measure of its own become law.
Federal Judge Closes Books On Florida Gay Marriage BanMore than a year after same-sex marriages began in Florida, a federal judge on Thursday issued a final judgment declaring that Florida's voter-approved prohibition against gay marriage is unconstitutional.
Florida Adds New Laws On Gay Marriage, Boycotting Israel & Disabled VetsAmong the more than two dozen laws Gov. Rick Scott signed on Thursday included clergy rights on same-sex marriage, boycotting anti-Israel companies and making airport travel more convenient for disabled vets.
'Pastor Protection' Bill Heads To GovernorThe Florida Senate on Thursday gave final approval to a controversial bill aimed at protecting clergy members from performing same-sex marriages against their religious beliefs.
Lawmakers Ready To Sign Off On 'Pastor Protection' BillResponding to a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year, the Florida Legislature is poised to pass a controversial bill aimed at protecting clergy members who object to performing wedding ceremonies for gay and lesbian couples.
Lawmakers Leave Gay Marriage Ban On The BooksIt's been more than a year since same-sex marriages became legal in Florida, but a state law banning the unions is still on the books, and a proposal to repeal it seems doomed.
"Pastor Protection" Bill Headed For House VoteA state House bill that would protect churches or preachers from lawsuits if they refused to perform same-sex marriages is headed to a full floor vote where it will likely pass.
Some Of South Florida's Big Stories In 20152015 was a big year for South Florida. We made history with gay marriage, U.S./Cuba relations, and saw our schools toss hundreds of thousands of grades out.
Marriage Bill Passes Allowing Pastors To Refuse Gay WeddingsThe House Civil Justice Subcommittee voted along party lines Wednesday to approve a bill that would allow pastors to refuse to officiate at weddings that violate their religious beliefs.
Marriage Bill Passes Amid Mutual DistrustAmid signs of distrust on both sides of the emotionally charged issue, the House Civil Justice Subcommittee voted along party lines Wednesday to approve a bill that would allow pastors to refuse to officiate at weddings that violate their religious beliefs.
Changes Sought In State Law After Marriage RulingWith the U.S. Supreme Court ensuring that same-sex marriage is legal, a House Democrat has filed a bill to revamp part of Florida law that sets requirements for issuing marriage licenses.