State News
2:06 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Florida Governor: DOMA Doesn't Change Marriage In Florida

On Wednesday, Florida Governor Rick Scott addressed the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the Federal Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA. 

Scott said the rulings won’t affect who can get married in Florida.

“In 2008, Florida voters amended our constitution, so that we are a traditional marriage state – marriage is between a man and a woman.  As Governor of the state I’ll uphold the existing law of the land, and that’s the law of our state,” Scott said.

Under the Supreme Court’s Ruling, same-sex couples can get federal benefits if they’re legally married.  The Governor did not say how Florida citizens with valid marriage licenses from other states would get these benefits.