Activists Threaten to 'Out' Congressional Workers
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July 12, 2004
Eric Niiler reports on gay activists who are threatening to expose congressional staffers who are homosexual -- a controversial practice known as "outing" -- who are working for members of Congress supporting a proposed bill that would ban gay marriage nationwide.
More lawsuits filed against Florida's ban on same-sex marriages
By Vickie Chachere
Associated Press Writer
TAMPA -- A lesbian couple sued to overturn Florida's ban on same-sex marriages Monday, immediately after they were denied a marriage license in Hillsborough County.
Sue Clayton and Sheila Serrao of Sarasota are suing Hillsborough County Clerk of Court Richard Ake for enforcing the state law. Their attorney, Ellis Rubin, has represented other homosexual couples in similar lawsuits in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.
Two couples in Orlando planned to filed similar lawsuits in Orange County later Monday. The suits come as the U.S. Senate is debating an amendment that defines marriage as only a union between a man and a woman. President Bush used his radio address on Saturday to urge the amendment's support, saying legalizing gay marriage would cut the institution off from its moral and religious meanings and weaken it for all.
``Let the word go out from Tampa to the rest of the nation that an idea whose time has come cannot be stopped,'' Rubin said.