Today on Context Florida: marriage equality, unified GOP, Richard Sherman and Key West tree huggers

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Today in Context Florida: there is little doubt that marriage equality is coming to Florida, says Daniel Tilson. Although a group called Equal Marriage Florida is working to get an marriage equality amendment on the 2014 ballot, the courts seem a better bet for moving Florida forward, Tilson writes.

Who is going to unify the GOP, asks Jamie Miller. At least one wing of the three factions of the party — the establishment, the religious right, and the Tea Party — cannot decide who is actually a Republican.

Steve Kurlander sees Seahawk cornerback Richard Sherman as a “troll” and not a professional after his on-camera tirade in the moments right after the Seattle won the NFC Championship. Sherman ruined Sunday’s game for fans who yearn for the sportsmanship and decency that once marked the conduct of sports, Kurlander writes.

Urban forestry manager Karen DeMaria is a true “Key West tree hugger,” says Linda Cunningham, and she is not kidding. DeMaria is the “keeper of the City’s canopy,” the person who monitors homes and businesses to keep landscaping within Key West’s Tree Commission standards.

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