Florida's lieutenant governor, a former Republican congresswoman, Jennifer Carroll, is accused of firing a staffer who caught her in a "compromising position" with another woman.
Former staffer Carletha Cole filed a lawsuit against Carroll for letting her go after she walked in on travel aide, Beatriz Ramos, and Carroll in her Tallahassee capitol office. Cole has passed a lie detector test, but Carroll, who is married with children, continues to deny the charges, insisting that "black women that look like me don't engage in relationships like that."
In an interview with the Washington Blade, a Republican congresswoman from Florida said that she supports marriage equality, making her the first GOP member of Congress to speak out in favor of same-sex marriage. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the only Republican co-sponsor of legislation that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, has a history of pro-LGBT views.