Monday, January 5, 2015

Gay Marriage 2015 Update

UPDATE: Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel lifted the stay on gay marriage in Miami-Dade County Monday making it the first county to allow gay & lesbian marriages in the state of Florida. Following her decision gay & lesbian marriages will begin in the county at 2P... Gay marriage will become legal statewide at 12:01A EST on Jan 6th...Congrats Florida!!
In Miami today Equality Florida Institute & six gay & lesbian couples are seeking the right to marry & asking Judge Sarah Zabel to lift a stay on her ruling that declared the anti gay marriage ban unconstitutional. The hearing is scheduled for Monday January 5th at 11A following a motion filed by Miami Dade County Clerk Harvey Ruvin asking Zabel for guidance now that a federal judge has cleared the way for marriage in all 67 counties. Regardless at the stroke of Midnight on January 6th Florida will become the 36th state where gay & lesbian couples can legally marry. Also this week the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to decide whether to hear challenges to gay marriage bans in four states, Tennessee, Kentucky, Michigan & Ohio at their January 9th conference. Though gay marriage is on the calendar it does not mean an announcement will be made on the same day. Shannon Minter Legal Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights stated, "We hope to hear on January 9th, but the court could take longer to announce its decision." If the court votes to review the issue this could happen in the term that ends in June or July according to SCOTUS Blog. What we would like to see happen is the U.S. Supreme Court rules that gay & lesbian marriages across the country would finally become legal as soon as possible because this legal procrastination that’s going on is really hurting our LGBT community. We think that enough is enough & marriage equality should be passed in the United States & become the law of the land.
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