ACLU

Marriage Equality
7:44 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Case Challenging Florida's Marriage Ban Moves Forward

Demonstrators in Pensacola supporting same-sex marriage.
Credit Ileana Ortiz

   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.

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Florida Voter Purge
3:27 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Florida Halts Voter Purge

Credit rawstory.com

In an election-year U-turn, Gov. Rick Scott's administration is dropping a problematic voter purge aimed at keeping non-U.S. citizens from casting ballots.

Scott first pushed to have the state look for non-U.S. citizens on the rolls before the 2012 election. But many election supervisors, however, wound up not removing anyone after questions arose about the law and the accuracy of the list.

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Domestic Partnership Registry
10:38 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Starting Today Pensacola Will Recognize Domestic Partnerships

Pensacola City Council Chambers were full when the council passed the ordinance to create a domestic partnership registry. Supporters wore red.
Credit Jamille Ellingson

Beginning Tuesday cohabitating unmarried adults, gay and straight, will be able to register as domestic partners with the City of Pensacola.

Ordinance number 41-13 was approved in December, setting up a Domestic Partnership Registry, or DPR, and providing registered domestic partners with various rights and benefits. Sponsored by Councilman Larry B. Johnson, the DPR will also be open to those who live outside the Pensacola city limits.

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2013 In Review
6:27 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

2013 In Review: Pensacola Approves Domestic Partnership

Credit City of Pensacola

On an 8-1 vote in mid-December, the Pensacola City Council approved a domestic partnership registry – or DPR – which will ensure a number of rights to hundreds of unmarried couples.

Sponsored by Councilman Larry B. Johnson, the DPR will be open to cohabiting, unmarried adults — both gay and straight — to register as domestic partners. Those who live outside the Pensacola city limits are also eligible. Applications are expected to be accepted beginning in March, for a fee which – along with other nuts and bolts – will be determined between now and then.

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ACLU Settlement
5:20 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

ACLU Wins Access to Inmate Treatment Documents

Santa Rosa Correctional Institute
Credit Florida Department of Corrections

A settlement is in place between the American Civil Liberties Union and the Florida Department of Corrections, regarding inmate housing at the Santa Rosa Correctional Institution in Milton.

In its lawsuit filed in August, the ACLU claims it requested from the Department of Corrections last November two years’ worth of demographic and housing records concerning the Santa Rosa Correctional Institute. DOC rejected the request in April.
 

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City Council
11:30 am
Thu November 14, 2013

City Council Mulls Domestic Partnership

Supporters for the Domestic Partnership Registry wore red to Thursday's city council meeting.
Credit City of Pensacola

Legal decisions and hospital visitation are among the rights currently not afforded to the nearly three thousand unmarried Pensacolians who cohabitate.

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