same-sex marriage

Meeting in a special conference in St. Louis last week, leaders of the United Methodist Church decided to keep the denomination’s status quo when it comes to gay clergy and same-sex marriage.

Delegates voted 53-47 percent in favor of the so-called “Traditional Plan,” which keeps in place bans against the ordination of LGBTQ clergy and same-sex marriages. Their vote also rejected the “One Church Plan,” to abolish such restrictions.

Legislation filed at the state Capitol for the 2019 session would repeal a state law, which limited marriage to opposite-sex couples.

House Bill 6009 and Senate Bill 254 would strike the unenforceable law – limiting marriage to a union of one man and one woman - from the books. Senator Gary Farmer, a Democrat from Ft. Lauderdale, is a co-sponsor.

“It is our hope that in repealing this antiquated law, we give recognition to the power of love and the right that every person has, regardless of their sexual orientation, to express that love,” said Farmer.

The third installment of “Beyond Park East,” features what the justices hath brought together -- same-sex marriage.

On a 5-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court in June, 2015 extended marriage equality to all 50 states and territories.

“This affirms what millions of Americans already believe in their hearts; when all Americans are treated as equal, we are all more free, said President Obama just after the court’s decision.

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In a 5-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court Friday declared that same-sex couples have the right to marry in all 50 states. The decision culminates four decades of litigation over gay marriage and gay rights in general.

Speaking in the White House Rose Garden, President Obama said the Supreme Court's ruling represents a day when justice "arrives like a thunderbolt," and has "made our union a little more perfect."

Pensacola PRIDE, celebrating the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community, kicks off Saturday with a week-long slate of festive and educational events.

There’s even more to celebrate this year, since Florida became the 36th state to legalize same-sex marriage.

Doug Landreth, president of Gay Grassroots of Northwest Florida, is confident the U.S. Supreme Court will expand it nationwide by the end of this month. That would, among other things, clear up the current legal hodgepodge among states.

Pensacola Holy Cross Metropolitan Community Church.

The arrival of marriage equality in Florida is a milestone in a long fight by a Pensacola pastor.

Reverend Dr. Jim Merritt is Senior Pastor at Pensacola's Holy Cross Metropolitan Community Church. He says many couples have been waiting for the arrival of marriage equality in the state for 20 years or more. 

Pastor Merritt and two of his associates at the Holy Cross Metropolitan Community Church will be performing free marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples all day long on Tuesday the 6th.

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   A federal appeals court has refused to extend past January 5 a stay in the ruling that declares unconstitutional Florida's ban on gay marriage.

In August, Tallahassee Federal Judge Robert Hinkle joined a number of other judges, in ruling that the state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, approved by Florida voters in 2008, violates the equal protection clause of the U.S.  Constitution. He said next month’s deadline is adequate for appeals to be considered, before any same-sex marriage licenses are issued.