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Today on Context Florida: Innovation, Thomas G. Wenski and Antonin Scalia losing his mind

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Today on Context Florida: Florida’s future depends on innovation, says Dale Brill, to address threats, including rising sea levels, the effect of nitrogen cycles, ocean acidification and more. If solutions to these challenges are to find their genesis in Florida, a commitment to innovation is necessary to fully transition state and local economies that compete for investment capital, skilled workforce and overlapping targeted industries. For Florida to emerge as a vibrant innovation system viewed as globally competitive, increased investments in the…

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Tuesday’s the day: Gay marriage arguments at Supreme Court

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Tuesday is a potential watershed moment for America’s gay and lesbian couples. After rapid changes that have made same-sex marriage legal in all but 14 states, the Supreme Court will hear arguments over whether it should be the law of the land. All eyes will be on the justices for any signals that they are prepared to rule that the Constitution forbids states from defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman. On the sidewalk outside, people…

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Speaking of ‘Ick’

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Mike Huckabee, destined to be the Campaign 2012 version of a folksy Pat Buchanan, is against gay marriage because of what he calls the “ick factor.” “I do believe that God created male and female and intended for marriage to be the relationship of the two opposite sexes,” Huckabee said in a recent New Yorker profile. “Male and female are biologically compatible to have a relationship. We can get into the ick factor, but the fact is two men in a…

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Speaking of “Ick”

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Mike Huckabee, destined to be the Campaign 2012 version of a folksy Pat Buchanan, is against gay marriage because of what he calls the “ick factor.” “I do believe that God created male and female and intended for marriage to be the relationship of the two opposite sexes,” Huckabee said in a recent New Yorker profile. “Male and female are biologically compatible to have a relationship. We can get into the ick factor, but the fact is two men in a…

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Gallup survey shows trend toward consensus on gay marriage

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Pensito Review offered a great post about the trend toward a national consensus in favor of gay marriage remaining in play, a new Gallup survey finds — and while a slight majority of Americans remain opposed to gay marriage today, it is still more than twice as popular now than interracial marriage was when the Supreme Court legalized it in 1967. In the first Gallup poll on interracial marriage taken after the Supreme Court’s 1967 ruling on Loving v. Virginia that states…

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Jacksonville city councilman quizzes commission nominees on gay marriage

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Tia Mitchell of the Florida Times Union reports that Jacksonville City Councilman Clay Yarborough asked a Jacksonville Human Rights Commission nominee about his views on same-sex marriage and his tenure on the Islamic Center of Northeast Florida’s board. Yarborough also asked the man and another nominee to disclose whether they support prayer in public buildings, the use of the phrase “In God We Trust” on government seals and “Under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance. The questions came before the council’s…

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