John M. Becker

Florida Marriage Ban Struck Down for the Third Time

Filed By John M. Becker | August 04, 2014 4:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: Florida, gay marriage, marriage equality, same-sex marriage

florida-gay-flag.jpgGreat news from Florida, where the third state judge in three weeks has declared the Sunshine State's marriage discrimination amendment unconstitutional. The Orlando Sentinel reports:

A state circuit judge in Broward County today made history, ordering the state of Florida to recognize gay marriages performed in another state.

Circuit Judge Dale Cohen's ruling is the third in as many weeks by a Florida judge who has ruled that the state's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. This one is unique, however, because it's the first requiring the state to recognize a gay marriage conducted elsewhere...

In today's case, Cohen ruled that same-sex couples married in other states are entitled to the same privileges as other married couples in Florida. He also ruled that the Broward County clerk of courts must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

As per usual, Judge Cohen's decision is stayed pending appeal. Nonetheless, it's another important victory for the freedom to marry.

A copy of the ruling will be posted after the jump as soon as it's available, via Equality Case Files.

13-012058 Order by Equality Case Files

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