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Rick & Pam can't stop marriage equality

Written by  News reports compilation by Team SCPA

Updated Jan. 6, 2015

Same-sex marriage comes to Florida.
Is this the closing of the curtain on this infamous and dastardly chapter of the Rick + Pam Show? It's about time! How many millions of taxpayer dollars has this administration spent fighting common sense (on this and other ridiculous endeavors)?

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A great finale statement

Congratulations, Florida, for becoming the 36th state to gain marriage equality!

by Vicki Impoco

“ ... No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” — The 14th Amendment

Despite the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that marriage is a fundamental constitutional right under the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment, some states including Florida continued to deny LGBT people this constitutional right.

Despite claims by the radical right, the thousands of legal same-sex marriages that have taken place in 35 U.S. states serve as evidence that equal marriage does not ruin the sanctity of heterosexual marriage or ruin society.

Minority rights including LGBT rights should not be decided by a majority vote as they were in Florida but by the U.S. Constitution and the same amendments which are supposed to protect us all.

Congratulations, Florida, for becoming the 36th state to gain marriage equality!

Vicki Impoco
Satellite Beach
Vicki Impoco is President of Brevard NOW, and a member and past-President of Space Coast Progressive Alliance.

This statement originally published as a Letter to the Editor in Florida Today, Jan. 6, 2015.


Updated Jan. 3, 2015, revised 1:47pm

Rick & Pam Show stymied by the U.S. Constitution:
Marriage Equality is coming to Florida -- and Rick & Pam can't stop it.

Latest news, Equality Florida:


ACLU: Marriage in Florida -- Frequently Asked Questions


Judge Hinkle says all 67 counties may issue marriage licenses to gay couples
Tampa Bay Times, Anna M. Phillips, Jan. 1, 2015

Clerks of court across Florida should issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples next week, a federal judge ordered on New Year's Day, warning recalcitrant officials they could face legal consequences if they refuse.

The decision, by U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle of Tallahassee, ends weeks of speculation and legal maneuvering as clerks throughout the state waited to hear whether gay marriage would become legal statewide, or restricted to Washington County in the Panhandle.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi issued a written statement Thursday afternoon saying that her office, which has defended the state's same-sex marriage ban, would not "stand in the way as clerks of court determine how to proceed." …

… Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who has steadfastly opposed same-sex marriage, did not comment publicly on the judge's order. His second inauguration, scheduled for Tuesday, is expected to take place on the same day that gay Floridians are first allowed to marry. …

… Clerks who refuse to issue licenses to gay couples should "take note," he wrote, issuing a blunt warning that those who choose not to follow his ruling are essentially inviting lawsuits and legal fees. ...


Judge Says Florida Clerks Have Duty To Issue Marriage Licenses To Gay Couples
NPR, Jan. 2, 2015

A federal judge is leaving Florida clerks without a doubt: It is their duty to issue licenses to same-sex couples looking to get married. …
… On Thursday, Hinkle clarified that this issue is settled, and it's not his order that compels clerks to issue marriage licenses — it's the U.S. Constitution. ...


Federal judge orders Florida clerks to issue same-sex marriage licenses
SunSentinel, by Dan Sweeney, Jan. 1, 2015

Gay and lesbian couples in Florida can get marriage licenses on Jan. 6 — ending a long, litigious battle that included almost a dozen lawsuits, most of which are still before appeals courts. ...


Dec. 21, 2014

THE RICK & PAM SHOW continues...

U.S. Supreme Court denies Rick + Pam's request to deny same-sex marriage in Florida... Dan and Scott's marriage will be legal in Florida beginning January 6, 2015


Miami Herald, by Steve Rothaus, Dec. 19, 2014

Same-sex marriage will begin Jan. 6 in Florida — the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday evening denied Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s request to Justice Clarence Thomas that he extend a stay preventing the state from recognizing the marriages of eight gay and lesbian couples. …


Bondi asks U.S. Supreme Court to maintain stay, prevent gay couples from marrying Jan. 6

Gay South Florida, Miami Herald, by Steve Rothaus, Dec. 15, 2014

Citing a potential for “statewide confusion,” Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi on Monday asked U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to keep in place a stay that would prevent same-sex couples in Florida from marrying on Jan. 6. ...

“It is unsurprising, given how hard [Gov. Rick] Scott, his appointees, and Attorney General Bondi have fought to keep loving and committed couples from getting married and having their marriages recognized in Florida, that they would keep up this dead-end fight. But with just weeks until the ruling is scheduled to go into effect, it is disappointing,” ACLU of Florida attorney Daniel Tilley said Monday in a statement. “Florida families have waited long enough for the end of a ban that a federal court has declared unconstitutional. Since October, the Supreme Court has refused all requests to stay rulings striking down the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage in other states. We are hopeful they will do the same here so that loving couples and their children can get the protections for which they have waited so long.” ...

James Esseks, director of the LGBT Project for the ACLU in New York and an attorney in the Florida case … said that since October, when the Supreme Court denied hearing appeals of federal court decisions allowing same-sex marriages in Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia, Wisconsin and Indiana, justices have denied similar state requests for stays four times. … “Same-sex couples are marrying in all four of those states.”



Same-sex couple in Brevard County vs. Rick & Pam, continued

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