Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Lawyers argue for repeal of Florida’s same-sex marriage ban [Hearing today]
Reuters ^ | 07/02/2014 | ZACHARY FAGENSON

Posted on 07/02/2014 8:49:59 AM PDT by GIdget2004

Lawyers representing a half dozen same-sex couples suing Miami-Dade County for the right to marry say Florida should follow the precedent set by the U.S. Supreme Court in a decision last year that struck down parts of the Defense of Marriage Act.

“There have been an unbroken line of decisions since (then) that hold that prohibiting same-sex marriage is constitutionally impermissible,” said Jeffrey Michael Cohen, an attorney for the couples with the law firm Carlton Fields Jorden Burt.

A Miami-Dade circuit judge will hear oral arguments on Wednesday from a team of attorneys representing the couples and gay rights groups, Equality Florida Institute and the National Center for Lesbian Rights, seeking to strike down the state’s de facto ban on gay marriage and order it to recognize same-sex marriages.

Since the Supreme Court’s decision last year federal courts in Utah, Ohio, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia have all ruled in favor of same-sex couples’ right to marry.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi last week said she would defend the state's constitutional ban as the issue heats up politically with an election on the horizon.

State Republican leaders find themselves at odds with a growing chorus of Democrats and local officials.

Former Florida governor and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist reversed his position on same-sex marriage and filed a brief last week in support of the plaintiffs, arguing that “our society has evolved and moved past the prejudices rooted in our past.”

The cities of Miami Beach and Orlando also expressed their support in court filings.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Government; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: homosexualagenda

1 posted on 07/02/2014 8:49:59 AM PDT by GIdget2004
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: GIdget2004

State Republican leaders find themselves at odds with a growing chorus of Democrats and local officials.

Lets see. You can be at odds with Democrats and perverts or at odds with God.
I know which way I am going!


2 posted on 07/02/2014 9:17:38 AM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (I am an American Not a Republican or a Democrat.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: GIdget2004

If you want to get married, for chrisakes, go find a someone of the opposite sex and get married. You have the right to get married.


3 posted on 07/02/2014 11:06:46 AM PDT by MikeyB806
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson