John M. Becker

Fourth Florida Judge Strikes Down State Marriage Ban

Filed By John M. Becker | August 05, 2014 5:20 PM | comments

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

florida-satellite-view.jpgAnd then there were four:

Following recent rulings from judges in three South Florida counties, a Palm Beach County Circuit judge this afternoon issued a ruling declaring Florida's ban on same sex marriage unconstitutional.

Circuit Judge Diana Lewis' opinion was tied to a probate case surrounding the death of Frank Bangor, a man who owned property in Florida and married W. Jason Simpson in Delaware, where gay marriage is legal. Lewis is running for reelection this month.

Under Florida law, a spouse is recognized as a personal representative of an estate provided the out-of-state marriage is recognized as valid under state law. Simpson, through attorney Andrew Fein, petitioned Lewis to be recognized as Bangor's personal representative despite a ban on gay marriage in Florida.

Judges in Monroe County (July 17), Miami-Dade County (July 25), and Broward County (August 4) have all reached the same conclusion as Judge Lewis did today.

Earth to Attorney General Pam Bondi: give it up already!!

A copy of the ruling is after the jump, via Equality Case Files.

Palmbeach Order by Equality Case Files

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