June 1st was the official launch of Gay Pride month across America, which is typically a time for honoring LGBTQ history and celebrating freedom and equality. On June 12th, 2016 the celebrations came to a screeching halt when a gunman targeting gays and lesbians walked into Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida and opened fire killing 49 and injuring 51 people in the largest mass shooting in U.S. history.
In the night from Saturday to Sunday a terrible tragedy happened in the United States and hit our community. You have surely heard about it, a man entered with an automatic weapon in an LGBT club in Orlando, Florida and started shooting at everyone.
Tallahassee high school students have crowned a lesbian couple prom king and queen.
US District Judge Robert Hinkle did not like that state officials regard the marriage law as non-existent, especially because he is the judge who had changed it to allow marriage equality.
Indeed, Judge Hinkle had repealed the marriage protection law in August 2014 and his decision was to take effect in January 2015.
So he decided to regard this attempt by state officials in a movement they called "for a history of resistance against same-sex marriage" as totally unconstitutional.
Several bills related to the LGBT community are about to be voted or not by Florida lawmakers.
In Florida, Rep. Julia Gonzalez has just introduced his religious freedom bill.
This took time but that's it, marriage licenses were modified in Florida to follow the legalization of marriage equality across all 50 states.
In Florida, the Senate has just repealed the ban on same-sex couples to adopt children.
Yesterday, Florida became the 36th state to legalize marriage equality and the first marriages has already taken place.
It could be that equal marriage is granted to same-sex couples in Florida.