They’re Marrying In Miami

Jim Burroway

January 5th, 2015

That’s Miami-Dade Circuit Court judge Sarah Zabel, lifting her stay of a July ruling finding Florida’s ban on same-sex marriages unconstitutional. And so thirty-eight years after Anita Bryant raised her ugly puss and six years after 62% of Florida voters agreed to write shameful discrimination into their state constitution, the first same-sex marriages are taking place in Miami:

Karla Arguello and Cathy Pareto are the first same-sex couple to marry in Florida (Source).

Karla Arguello and Cathy Pareto are the first same-sex couple to marry in Florida (Source).

Weddings began around 1:30 p.m., less than three hours after Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel lifted the legal stay she had placed on her sweeping July decision declaring the ban discriminatory.

Two of the six couples who had sued — Catherina Pareto and Karla Arguello of Coconut Grove, and Jeff and Todd Delmay of Hollywood — were the first to be married, by Zabel herself.

Jeff and Todd Delmay become Florida's second same-sex couple to marry. (Source)

Jeff and Todd Delmay become Florida’s second same-sex couple to marry. (Source)

Judge Zabel overturned Florida’s ban as Miami-Dade Circuit Court judge, which makes her ruling binding only in Miami-Dade. Her stay expired today. Tonight at midnight, Federal District Judge Robert L. Hinkle’s stay of his ruling that Florida’s marriage equality ban was unconstitutional expires, which opens up same-sex marriage statewide tomorrow.

Paul Douglas

January 6th, 2015

Makes me glad!


January 6th, 2015

Mazel Tov!

enough already

January 6th, 2015

I found the tone of the man on the speakerphone interesting when the judge asked him whether it made a difference.
That is the exact same tone the Nazi prosecutors used. Exact.

I wish all those who think voting Republican is in the self interest of gays and young women would reflect on reality in 2015.
We wouldn’t have had this fight if gays and young women voted their true interests – equal civil and human rights.

This is not a situation in which we win, our rights are recognized and the hate-driven Christians stop trying to roll back the clock. That’s a dangerous viewpoint. One which leads people to believe elections don’t matter.

Ben in oakland

January 6th, 2015

When referring to Anita, I think it is inappropriate to say “ugly puss.” My favorite description of her is my own…

“Ever since Anita Bryant raised her well-coiffed, reptilian snout above a Florida swamp 36 years ago….”

That is far less of a personal attack, doncha think?

enough already

January 6th, 2015

Ben in Oakland,
Speaking for all the reptiles which creep, swim or saunter through the Florida swamps, that was a vile comparison.
Anita Bryant is the most vicious, evil, twisted person we’ve encountered in this fight in quite some time.
She’s on the same level as Perkins, Brown and Galligher. Worse in many ways, even, than Bondi, the 2.5 married hate-driven Christian AG.
So – lay off the poor alligators, m’kay?

Ben in oakland

January 6th, 2015

Now you have to be fair. I didn’t call her a reptile. I stated her snout was reptilian. world of difference.

Ben in oakland

January 6th, 2015

I even said it was a well coiffed snout. that must count for something, mustn’t it?

Timothy Kincaid

January 6th, 2015

I have but this:

enough already

January 6th, 2015

Well, Ben, I’ll grant you that. Still, it’s a comparison which insults every lizard’s snout on the planet.

Richard Rush

January 7th, 2015

Timothy, if one major detail were changed, that song would be nearly perfect ~ simply replace crocodile with Christophile.

Ben in oakland

January 7th, 2015

From my travelogue when we went to Florida last year:

The Gator Quadrille (with a Nod to Alice)

”Will you come a little closer?”
Said the gator. ”It’s no lie.
These teeth aren’t real, they’re just for show,
I wouldn’t hurt a fly!”

See how eagerly
The gators all advance!
“I like you so, But not THAT way!
I simply want to dance!”

will you, won’t you, will you, won’t you,
Will you, won’t you join the dance?

He smiled his smile for quite a while.
We gave a look askance.
We said, “thank you Mr. Gator,
But we will not join the dance!”

will you, won’t you, will you, won’t you,
Will you, won’t you join the dance?

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