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Same-Sex Marriage Now Legal in Florida Keys

A circuit judge ruled the state’s same-sex marriage ban was illegal.

Same-sex couples are free to marry in the Florida Keys following a judge's Thursday ruling. Patch File Photo
Same-sex couples are free to marry in the Florida Keys following a judge's Thursday ruling. Patch File Photo

Same-sex couples can start lining up for marriage licenses in the Florida Keys as early as Tuesday following a circuit court ruling in Monroe County that effectively overturns the state’s ban there.

Circuit Judge Luis M. Garcia ruled Thursday that the state’s ban on same-sex marriages violates equal protection under the law clauses in the U.S. Constitution, according to Time. Florida voters approved the state-level constitutional amendment in 2008.

While it is believed the ruling will soon be challenged, First Coast News is reporting that Garcia said marriage licenses could be available as early as Tuesday for same-sex couples.

A total of 19 states and Washington, D.C., have granted same-sex couples the right to marry, according to FreedomToMarry.org. Three states stop short of marriage, but offer broad protections, the website says. They are Nevada, Colorado and Wisconsin.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has announced her intentions to appeal Garcia’s decision with the Third District Court of Appeal, the Miami Herald reported.

“Her office issued a statement, saying that ‘with many similar cases pending throughout the entire country, finality on this constitutional issue must come from the U.S. Supreme Court,’” the Herald reported.

Florida’s ban on gay marriage passed a referendum vote in 2008 with a margin of 62-38.

What are your thoughts on Florida’s ban? Tell us by comment below!

Nettle Greenman July 18, 2014 at 10:45 AM
Good. If you don't support same-sex marriage, feel free to not marry someone of the same sex.
wm c barker July 19, 2014 at 07:56 AM
sex on the brain
Linda Falkner July 20, 2014 at 11:12 AM
As a mental health counselor, if I had to wait for couples whose marriage was hurt by their gay neighbors getting married to seek counseling, my client numbers would be ZERO. Gay and straight couples come in for identical relationship problems. People in love MUST have the right to marry their own partner and have it legally recognized. Pam Bundy needs to be voted out of office.
Carlos E. Odell,P.E. July 20, 2014 at 05:37 PM
why is such a big deal being made of this? They only represent less than 4% of the population. Who cares, there are more important problems going on without this self centered addiction
lweigand July 23, 2014 at 12:27 PM
And that's 4% of the population that should not have to face discrimination but still do. That's why it's a big deal. If the law allowed gay people to marry, there wouldn't be an issue.

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