Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is not giving clear answers on whether she will keep up a legal battle over the state's ban on gay marriage. Once the ceremonies are over, couples will have some newly-opened doors.
Tallahassee Federal Judge Robert Hinkle ruled last year that Florida’s constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, approved by voters in 2008, is unconstitutional. When his stay expired on Monday, same-sex couples began tying the knot throughout the state.
The historic legalization of same sex marriage in Florida is hitting home for Pensacola couple Sarah Humlie and Lindsay Myers. Although they married out of state in 2012, they were plaintiffs in the ACLU case to end Florida’s long-held ban. Sandra Averhart spoke with Humlie and Myers, who happens to be a colleague at WUWF.
Sandra Averhart (SA): Well, it's been a few days since the news that the stay would end, allowing marriage licenses in Florida to be issued for the first time Tuesday. What are your thoughts now, several days later, on this ruling?
The third annual Pensacola LGBT Film Festival kicks off Wednesday in downtown Pensacola. All film screenings are free and open to the public. Organizer Sara Latshaw sat down recently with WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody.
An LGBT rights activist from Uganda recently visited the area to bring awareness about the oppressive anti-gay laws in his country. Same sex relationships were already illegal in Uganda before the new bill was signed into law earlier this year. The Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Law of 2014 has been in the works for over 5 years and originally called for gays to be executed but that was reduced to life in prison in the final version of the law.
People are crowding onto Santa Rosa Island for the Memorial Day weekend. Many are looking forward to the beach parties that mark the annual mostly LGBT gathering at Park East.
About 150,000 people attended the LGBT-related events last Memorial Day. And organizer Johnny Chism is expecting higher numbers this time around. A number of events are on tap at Emerald City on Wright Street – the downtown Pensacola bar owned by Chism and considered the headquarters for the LGBT weekend.
The Boy Scouts of America began allowing gay members under the age of 18 as of January 1st. While some groups have withdrawn their support, the impact on local scouting doesn’t appear to be that large for now.
Spencer Page at the Gulf Coast Council says nine charter partners, all of them religious groups and most of them independent churches, notified the Council just after the vote last May that they would be departing.