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Jurors’ Anti-Gay Views May Taint Verdict, Panel Finds

Jurors’ Anti-Gay Views May Taint Verdict, Panel Finds

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A unanimous three-judge panel of the Atlanta-based 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that a gay plaintiff in a civil rights lawsuit against the City of Key West and one of its police officers is entitled to a new trial because the judge in his case refused to allow potential […]

A Second Florida Trial Judge Rules for Marriage Equality

A Second Florida Trial Judge Rules for Marriage Equality

BY ARTHUR LEONARD | Just a week after one trial judge ruled that Florida’s constitutional and statutory ban on same-sex marriage violates the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution, a second judge there has come to the same conclusion. Miami-Dade County Judge Sarah Zabel’s July 25 ruling followed Monroe County Circuit Judge Luis M. Garcia’s from […]

Florida State Trial Judge Nixes Marriage Ban

Florida State Trial Judge Nixes Marriage Ban

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A state trial judge in Key West has ruled that Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage violates the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution. On July 17, Judge Luis M. Garcia ruled that Monroe County Clerk Amy Heavilin must issue a marriage license to Aaron R. Huntsman and William Lee Jones, […]