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Gay Marriage Fight In Florida

By Charlotte Robinson, October 14, 2014
The marriage equality battle is heating up in Florida despite the fact that the majority of states in this country have now legalized gay & lesbian marriages. Florida’s anti gay Attorney General Pam Bondi has filed a Supplemental Response In Support Of Pass-Through Certification, asking the Third District Court of Appeal to “pass through” jurisdiction & allow two gay & lesbian marriage cases to be heard by the Florida Supreme Court. The 2 cases, Pareto v. Ruvin (Equality Florida Institute & 6 plaintiff couples) & Huntsman v. Heavilin, have been consolidated & attorneys had asked the Third DCA to pass through to the Florida Supreme Court. At the time, AG Bondi wanted to wait until the U.S. Supreme Court took up the issue but now the U.S. Supreme Court has deferred to the courts in each state. Equality Florida released this statement: “While we look forward to having this matter move forward to the Florida Supreme Court & asked for this on July 30th, AG Bondi & Governor Rick Scott continue to waste taxpayer money while gay & lesbian couples throughout the state continue to endure the indignities of being treated like second-class citizens. Nearly two-thirds of the country now live in a state that values equality. How much longer must loving couples in Florida wait to protect their families? Now is the time for AG Bondi & Governor Scott to step on the right side of history & not let Florida go down in history as one of the last states to uphold the principles of fairness.”
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1 comment:

Marilyn said...

Each "battle" for marriage equality is important so thanks for keeping us informed.

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