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Man Stabbed By Man He Was Having Sex With In Florida Cemetery: VIDEO

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This is not your True Blood recap, but it may sound like it.

After meeting in a Tallahassee, Florida cemetery at 11:00 at night for a sexual rendezvous, a man was stabbed five times by his would-be lover. WXTL reports that the encounter, which took place on June 24, took a bad turn as soon as the assailant mentioned the victim’s ex-boyfriend: 

The victim said it was during "sexual activity" that Johnson mentioned the victim's ex-boyfriend and then started stabbing him.

Court records show that Johnson told the victim "no one would have to worry" about him anymore.

Law enforcement says the victim was able to kick Johnson out of the car and lock the doors. However, Johnson attempted to get back into the car by gaining access through a slightly open window, the victim told police.

The victim was able to escape and drive off, crashing through the cemetery's fence at the intersection of 4th Ave. and Martin Luther King Blvd.

The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment of his wounds. According to the police report, there were a total of five stab wound; three to chest and one in each arm.

The victim required surgery for his wounds as he suffered internal injuries as a result of the stabbing, mainly a punctured lung and lacerated liver. The assailant, 18-year-old Devante L. Johnson, was later arrested for attempted murder.

Watch a news clip on the harrowing night at the cemetery, AFTER  THE JUMP…

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Orlando, Florida Towing Company Owner Arrested for Targeting 'Gay Days' Attendees

Jason-Combs-jpg--1-On Friday, the owner of an Orange County towing company was arrested for illegally towing vehicles during the county's yearly Gay Days celebration.

County deputies say the towings appeared to have specifically targeted Gay Day attendees.

The owner in question, Jason Combs (pictured), has been charged with several things: grand theft, failure to release vehicle, failing to maintain records, failure to post towing contracts, failure to notify the sheriff's office within 30 minutes of a tow and violating an Orange County ordinance.

The Gay Days event was held in early June.

[via ClickOrlando]


Senator Marco Rubio Accuses Marriage Equality Activists Of Intolerance

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In what should be regarded a part of a years-long run-up for his inevitable U.S. presidential campaign, Republican Florida Senator Marco Rubio proved his conservative credentials in a speech he made at Catholic University in Washington on Wednesday.

During the speech, Rubio parroted the conservative talking points of how opposing same-sex marriage doesn’t make one anti-gay and how gays are “intolerant” toward people who support so-called “traditional marriage.”

MSNBC reports:

“I promise you even before this speech is over I’ll be attacked as a hater or a bigot or someone who is anti-gay. This intolerance in the name of tolerance is hypocrisy. Support for the definition of marriage as one man and one woman is not anti-gay, it is pro-traditional marriage.”

Noting President Obama didn’t declare his support for gay marriage until 2012, Rubio said, “If support for traditional marriage is bigotry, then Barack Obama was a bigot until just before 2012 election.”

Of course Rubio's point about Obama is partly disingenuous both because Obama supported it back as early as 1996, and when he refused to support same-sex marriage earlier in his  presidency, marriage equality supporters repeatedly criticized him for it.

Soon, Rubio took a different conservative tack in his speech by acknowledging the actual existence of anti-LGBT discrimination. But he then continued in a conservative vein re-iterated the disproven notion that “the ideal setting for children to grow up is with a mother and father,” adding that heterosexual parenting “deserves to be elevated in our laws.”

MSNBC has more from Rubio:

“There was once a time when our federal government not only banned the hiring of gay employers, it required contractors to identify and fire them,” Rubio said. “Some laws prohibited gays from being served in bars and restaurants and many cities carried out law enforcement efforts targeting gay Americans.”

Rubio also acknowledged that many gay couples “feel humiliated by the law’s failure to recognize their relationship as a marriage." ... He said he respected those arguments as well as the rights of states to recognize same sex unions...

“Those who support same sex marriage have a right to lobby their state legislatures to change state laws,” he said. “But Americans who support keeping the traditional definition of marriage also have a right to work to keep the traditional definition of marriage in our laws without seeing that overturned by a judge.”

Rubio opposes LGBT employment protections, has offered similar speeches for virulently anti-gay groups like Florida Family Policy Council, a group whose leader warned of rampant sexual abuse in the Boy Scouts now that they allow gay members.


Anti-Gay Activist John Stemberger Says Fight Against Same-Sex Marriage Is 'Worth Dying For': VIDEO

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John Stemberger, President of Florida Family Policy Council, has said that the fight against same-sex marriage “is an issue worth dying for," reports The Miami Herald.

Stemberger led the 2008 campaign to ban same-sex marriage in the state and spearheaded Trail Life USA as a direct response to the 2013 decision to allow gay youth to join the scouts.

His comments follow Monroe County Chief Circuit Judge Luis M. Garcia’s decision to strike down Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage last week.

However, Stemberger said that “every domestic partnership, every single civil union, every couple that cohabitates, these arrangements dilute and devalue marriage.”

Watch Manatee and Sarasota residents give their reactions to Garcia's ruling, AFTER THE JUMP...

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GOP Rep. David Jolly Endorses Marriage Equality Despite Personal Support for 'Traditional' Marriage

David JollyRepresentative David Jolly (R-FL) has come out for marriage equality, saying that while he personally believes in “traditional” marriage, he also supports last week’s court ruling overturning Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage.  

The Washington Post reports:

“As a matter of my Christian faith, I believe in traditional marriage," said Jolly in a statement to The Post. "But as a matter of Constitutional principle I believe in a form of limited government that protects personal liberty. To me, that means that the sanctity of one’s marriage should be defined by their faith and by their church, not by their state. Accordingly, I believe it is fully appropriate for a state to recognize both traditional marriage as well as same-sex marriage, and therefore I support the recent decision by a Monroe County Circuit Judge.”

Jolly joins GOP Senators Rob Portman, Mark Kirk, Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins and Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Richard Hanna, and Charlie Dent in voicing support for marriage equality.  


Motion To Lift Stay On Florida Same-Sex Marriage Ban Denied: VIDEO

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A motion asking Monroe County Circuit Judge Luis Garcia to lift a stay in his ruling that Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional has been denied, reports CBS Miami.

The motion was filed by Key West bartenders Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones.

Last week, Garcia ruled that the 2008 constitutional ban on same-sex marriage is discriminatory and violates gay people’s right to equal treatment under the law.

However, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who in May asked a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit seeking recognition of out-of-state same-sex marriages, filed a notice of appeal, staying the ruling.

Agreeing with Bondi, Garcia wrote:

“Based on decisions of the United States Supreme Court and other courts to stay proceedings in similar challenges, this court DENIES the Emergency Motion. The automatic stay, currently in place, shall remain in place until completion of appellate proceedings or until further order of the Court.”

Speaking to CBS Miami regarding his concerns about same-sex marriage, Auxiliary Bishop of Miami Peter Baldacchino said "our fear is that the implications of tampering with the language of marriage will have far-reaching implications that can hurt especially the vulnerable."

However, remaining positive, Huntsman said "whether is happens to tomorrow or if it doesn't, it's going to happen."

Watch the CBS Miami report on Garcia's ruling, AFTER THE JUMP...

 

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