LGBTQ Couples Challenge Florida Ban On Same-Sex MarriageThe federal appeals court in San Francisco has already issued two significant gay rights rulings: In 2012, it struck down California’s same-sex wedding ban and this year it extended protections against discrimination to gay and lesbians. Now, three judges on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals — all appointed by Democrats and two of whom joined in the civil rights ruling this year — are set to hear arguments Monday on gay marriage bans in Idaho, Nevada and Hawaii. The hearings come as gay marriage supporters have piled up legal victories in federal courts across the country this year, nullifying bans in more than a dozen states. More