National Digest: Fla. gay marriage ban overturned in Miami area

July 25, 2014
FLORIDA
Gay marriage ban reversed for Miami

A Florida judge on Friday overturned the state’s ban on same-sex marriage in a ruling that applies to Miami-Dade County, agreeing with a judge in another county who made a similar ruling last week.

The ruling issued by Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel mirrors the decision made by Monroe County Circuit Judge Luis Garcia. The effect of Garcia’s ruling was put on hold when Attorney General Pam Bondi (R) filed a notice of appeal. Zabel also stayed the effect of her ruling indefinitely to allow time for appeals.

— Associated Press

‘Docs vs. Glocks’ law ruled constitutional

A Florida law restricting what doctors can tell patients about gun ownership was deemed to be constitutional Friday by a federal appeals court, which said it legitimately regulates professional conduct and doesn’t violate the doctors’ First Amendment free speech rights.

The ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Atlanta overturned a previous decision that blocked the state from enforcing the law.

The 2011 law, which had become popularly known as “Docs vs. Glocks,” was challenged by organizations representing 11,000 state health providers.

— Associated Press

KANSAS
Foster parent charged in infant’s death

A foster parent for a 10-month-old Kansas girl who died after being left in a car in sweltering heat for more than two hours has been arrested on suspicion of aggravated child endangerment, police said Friday.

The man had picked up the child at day care and returned to his Wichita home about 4 p.m. Thursday with the infant and a 5-year-old foster child. The man and the older child went into the home without realizing that the baby was still in the car, police said.

The man, 29, later saw something on television that reminded him of the baby. A second man, who was also acting as the girl’s foster parent, was at home in the back yard when the events took place but has not been arrested or charged.

The death was the 18th case in the United States this year of a child dying after being left in a hot car, according to Kids and Cars, a Kansas City, Mo.-based organization that works to prevent such incidents.

— Reuters

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