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6 hrs ago | St. Petersburg Times

Another Florida judge rules against gay marriage ban

For the second time in eight days, a South Florida circuit judge has declared the state's gay marriage ban unconstitutional and ordered that same-sex couples be allowed to marry.

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Related Topix: Florida, Gay/Lesbian, Miami Dade County, FL, Key West, FL

16 hrs ago | MLive.com

Florida grand jury examining Birch Run man's death after his arrest in Key West

A Florida grand jury is examining evidence in the death of a Michigan man who died in Key West after he was arrested by police.

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Related Topix: Key West, FL, Life, Holidays, Thanksgiving

18 hrs ago | WFLX-TV West Palm Beach

Georgia man dies while snorkeling off Key Largo

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office reports that John Marshall of Johns Creek, Georgia, was with nine others while snorkeling off a 25-foot private boat on Thursday afternoon.

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Related Topix: Key Largo, FL

Thu Jul 24, 2014

Bradenton.com

Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal says Key West bartenders can’t marry yet

In this Thursday July 17, 2014 photo, Aaron Huntsman, left, and William Jones, right, greet the crowd gathered at Aqua Night Club in Key West, Fla.

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Related Topix: Florida, Key West, FL, Gay/Lesbian, US News, US Supreme Court

Front www.keysnet.com

Doug Varrieur wasn't happy with the way he was portrayed in 'The Colbert Report.'

A seasonal Big Pine Key resident whose backyard gun range made national headlines in the winter says he's done all he can to point out how lax Florida gun laws are.

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Related Topix: Big Pine Key, FL

Wed Jul 23, 2014

Capital Soup

DEP Recognizes Two Key West Businesses for Outstanding Recycling Efforts

DEP RECOGNIZES TWO KEY WEST BUSINESSES FOR OUTSTANDING RECYCLING EFFORTS DEP welcomes the first restaurant and bar to qualify for the Recycling Recognition Program Richard Hatch and Suanne Kitchar, owners of Blue Heaven; Jon Iglehart, director of DEP's South District; Edward O. Russell, Jr., DEP environmental consultant; Green Parrot owner John ... (more)

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Related Topix: Key West, FL, Florida, Florida Government

Creative Loafing Tampa

Marco Rubio condemns 'growing intolerance' toward opponents of same-sex marriage

Aiming straight for the Christian conservative vote, Marco Rubio polished up his anti-gay-marriage bona fides this afternoon in an address at the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. The Florida senator has made a series of high-profile speeches this year that indicate he is seriously running for president.

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Related Topix: US Politics, Senator Marco Rubio, US News, US Senate, Republican, Gay/Lesbian, Key West, FL, Restaurant Management, Starbucks

Front www.keysnet.com

Middle Keys elections office moves, reopens Thursday

The Monroe County Supervisor of Elections Office has a new Middle Keys home at the 100th Street Center in Marathon.

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Related Topix: Marathon, FL, Key Largo, FL, Key West, FL

Front www.keysnet.com

The gun range on Big Pine Key would be the third private range in the Keys.

Many people would think that deciding against continuing a high-paying 20-year government career in favor of ultimately opening a gun shop and range in the Florida Keys is a drastic leap.

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Related Topix: Big Pine Key, FL, Guns, Broward County, FL

Tue Jul 22, 2014

Examiner.com

Overby crushes Jolly on same sex marriage in Florida

A judge ruled to allow same-sex marriages in Monroe County, Florida. That area includes the Florida Keys.

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Related Topix: Wedding

CBS Local

Fight For Marriage Equality Holding Strong As Activists Rally In Key West

Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones planned on marrying Tuesday in Key West after a judge ruled in their favor-overturning Florida's voter-approved constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage-but that won't happen just yet as the motion was denied Monday.

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Related Topix: Key West, FL, Wedding, Rick Scott, US Governors

Mon Jul 21, 2014

Bradenton.com

Florida Keys county clerk ramping up for same-sex marriage license requests

In the hours after a Keys judge threw out Florida's ban on same-sex marriage Thursday, gay couples from all over the state inundated the Monroe County Clerk's Office with calls about when they could tie the knot.

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Related Topix: Wedding, Florida, Key West, FL, Gay/Lesbian

CBS Local

Judge Asked To Lift Stay On Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Aaron Huntsman, left, and William Lee Jones, right, embrace during a celebration Thursday, July 17, 2014, in Key West, Fla.

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Related Topix: Key West, FL, Florida, Gay/Lesbian

CBS Local

Judge Asked To Lift Fla. Keys Gay Marriage Stay

A Florida Keys judge who last week ruled the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional was asked Monday to permit gay couples to marry in Monroe County despite a pending state appeal.

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Related Topix: Gay/Lesbian, Key West, FL

Sat Jul 19, 2014

WCTV Tallahassee

Keys Marriage Forms Changed For Same-sex Couples

Marriage-license forms in the Florida Keys have been changed to accommodate same-sex couples, even though a judge's ruling that gays can marry in Monroe County has been stayed pending a state appeal.

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Related Topix: Wedding, Gay/Lesbian, Key West, FL

Customer Interaction Solutions

Stand Up for Animals gets $45,000, case now largely over [Florida...

Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) July 19--A lengthy lawsuit between Monroe County and a past animal-services provider for the Middle Keys has come to a close but the county isn't dropping its legal battle with a Key West accountant.

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Related Topix: Marathon, FL, Key West, FL

Front www.keysnet.com

With new development, county yet again looks at housing for workers

The economic rebound and corresponding demand for employees in the Florida Keys hospitality industry has revived workforce-housing concerns, Monroe County commissioners said Wednesday.

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Related Topix: Big Pine Key, FL

Sunshine State News

Weekly Roundup: It's All About the Appeal

House Speaker Will Weatherford and Senate President Don Gaetz shocked Capitol insiders when they announced they would not appeal Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis' ruling last week striking down the Legislature's congressional map.

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Related Topix: US Politics, Corrine Brown, US News, US House of Representatives, Democrat, Representative Daniel Webster, Republican, Florida, Gay/Lesbian, Wedding

Fri Jul 18, 2014

St. Petersburg Times

Keys clerk's office: We're ready for same-sex marriages

In the hours after a Keys judge threw out Florida's ban on same-sex marriage Thursday, gay couples from all around the state inundated the Monroe County Clerk's office with calls about when they could tie the knot - and some even began making plans to fly down for a wedding.

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Related Topix: Wedding, Florida, Key West, FL, Gay/Lesbian

Creative Loafing Tampa

Mitch Perry Report 7.18.14 - Same-sex marriage gets closer to becoming a reality in Florida

Last night same-sex marriage supporters gathered at the Unity of Tampa Church in South Tampa, one of 14 gathering spots set up in advance by Equality Florida to convene following the ruling legalizing same-sex marriage in Monroe County - though Attorney General Pam Bondi immediately announced that the state would be appealing the decision, meaning ... (more)

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Related Topix: Wedding, Florida, Florida Government, Tampa, FL, Key West, FL

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