Florida gay-marriage advocates are exploring legal options to get Monroe County to be allowed to issue same-sex marriage licenses. State Attorney General Pam Bondi immediately appealed a judge’s ruling Thursday—at least temporarily stopping wedding plans in the Florida Keys.
For a short time Thursday, it looked like same-sex couples could start getting married soon in the Keys.
“I have a feeling that there were a couple of hours yesterday where guest houses were getting a lot of reservations for next week," says Equality Florida Deputy Director Stratton Pollitzer.
A hearing has been scheduled for next week in a Miami lawsuit challenging Florida’s constitutional ban on gay marriage. A judge will decide whether to allow several socially conservative groups the chance to defend the ban in court.
The suit was filed by six same-sex couples with help from LGBT-rights group Equality Florida and the National Center for Lesbian Rights. Next week circuit judge Sarah Zabel will hear arguments from the Florida Family Policy Council and other groups trying to intervene on behalf of voters who put the same-sex union ban in the state constitution.
Attorneys General around the country are split over whether they will defend their respective gay marriage bans. Some, like Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, say she’ll defend the law, while others say they won’t. So, how are Attorneys General able to pick and choose which state laws they want to defend?
With a suit filed this week, Florida became the latest battleground state in the national push to legalize gay marriage. The move has motivated a coalition of religious groups to plan a campaign aimed at swaying public opinion against same-sex unions as the case goes before a Miami judge.
Summer Greene remembers the moment last year she learned the U.S. Supreme Court had struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
In Miami Tuesday, six same-sex couples filed a lawsuit challenging Florida’s constitutional ban on gay marriage. The suit by advocacy group Equality Florida joins dozens of similar cases pending across the U.S.—all with the goal of pushing nationwide marriage equality.