Proposition 8

Jessica Palombo

The U.S. Supreme Court handed down two landmark decisions Wednesday – both by 5-4 votes. 

The Court first struck down the Federal Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA.  Next, it vacated a lower court’s decision on California’s Proposition 8.  While this latter decision didn’t set up marriage as a civil right, it does clear the way for gay marriages to resume in California. 

Florida Representative Linda Stewart said the decisions are good news for the movement as a whole, but supporters of gay marriage in Florida have plenty of work ahead.

Gay Marriage Supporters Rally At Fla. Capitol

Mar 25, 2013
Jessica Palombo / WFSU-FM

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments in two cases that could redefine marriage in this country. On Monday, supporters of gay marriage held rallies in all 50 states, including one at the Florida Capitol.

Drivers in front of Florida’s Old Historic Capitol building honked their horns to show support for people holding signs with slogans like “For My Son, Equal Rights” and “Love is Love is Love.”

Susan Gage, with the Tallahassee chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, took the microphone.

This week, a bill allowing domestic partnerships in Florida had its first committee hearing but stalled over some lawmakers’ concerns that it’s unconstitutional. The bill’s sponsor is reworking it after a hearing full of passionate debate.

It looked like the domestic partnership bill, Senate Bill 196, was headed for a committee vote. The measure would allow any couple, gay or straight, to register their relationship and be granted all the rights and privileges of a married couple. Sen. Jeff Clemens (D- Lake Worth) said, years down the road, people would remember this moment.