In Florida Circuit Court Judge Sarah Zabel ruled Tuesday that 3 anti gay groups who oppose marriage equality for gay & lesbian couples cannot intervene as parties in Pareto v. Ruvin, the lawsuit challenging Florida’s discriminatory marriage laws. The anti gay marriage groups included Florida Family Action, Inc. (FFAI), Florida Democratic League Inc. (FDL) & People United to Lead the Struggle for Equality, Inc. (PULSE). Ten years after gay marriage began in Massachusetts & now that 19 states have passed marriage equality you would think that these hateful discriminatory groups would cease to exist. Nadine Smith, CEO of Equality Florida Institute & one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit stated, “Today Judge Zabel reached the proper conclusion in denying extremists seeking a platform for their anti-gay rhetoric the right to intervene in this case. This lawsuit is about fundamental, constitutionally protected rights that are violated by a measure that does real harm to our families. We look forward to the day when Florida joins the 19 other states & the District of Columbia, where judges have come to the conclusion that such a ban is indefensible.” In less than a month on Wednesday, July 2nd the fight for marriage equality in Florida will have its day in court when Judge Zabel will hear from attorneys who filed a lawsuit in January on behalf of 6 gay & lesbian couples & Equality Florida Institute. The lawsuit argues that Florida’s laws barring marriage equality violates the United States Constitution by denying them the legal protections & equal dignity that having the freedom to marry provides. Marriage equality opponents should watch this historic gay marriage short & perhaps learn something.
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