Equality Florida Institute & six gay & lesbian couples filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Florida state court in Miami seeking the freedom to marry. The lawsuit argues that Florida’s laws barring gay & lesbian couples from marriage violate the United States Constitution by denying them the legal protections & equal dignity that having the freedom to marry provides. The couples are from Miami & the surrounding area.
Nadine Smith Equality Florida Institute Chief Executive Officer stated, “Today the majority of Floridians stand with us as we take this historic step toward marriage equality in the Sunshine State. These couples have been embraced by their families & communities, but every day, Florida laws are denying them the protections & dignity that every family deserves. These harmful laws are outdated & out of step. It is time for all families in our state to have full equality under the law.” Four of the couples are raising children & another couple has an adult child & two grandchildren. The couples are: Catherina Pareto & Karla Arguello, Dr. Juan Carlos Rodriguez & David Price, Vanessa & Melanie Alenier, Todd & Jeff Delmay, Summer Greene & Pamela Faerber, & Don Price Johnston & Jorge Isaias Diaz. They’re represented by the law firm Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, attorney Elizabeth F. Schwartz, attorney Mary B. Meeks & the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR).
For More Info: equalityflorida.org
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