John M. Becker

Florida Appeals Federal Pro-Marriage Equality Ruling

Filed By John M. Becker | September 05, 2014 10:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: Florida, gay marriage, marriage discrimination, marriage equality, same-sex marriage

florida-satellite-view.jpgOfficials in Florida announced yesterday that they have appealed an August 21 federal court ruling striking down the Sunshine State's marriage discrimination amendment as unconstitutional. The AP reports:

Attorney General Pam Bondi's office filed the notice Thursday on behalf of Surgeon General Dr. John H. Armstrong, Secretary of Management Services Craig J. Nichols and Washington County Clerk of Court Harold Bazzell.

U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle in Tallahassee ruled on Aug. 21 that the ban violates the 14th Amendment's guarantees of equal protection and due process. Hinkle issued a stay delaying the effect of his order, pending possible appeals.

In response to the news, the ACLU of Florida released the following statement from LGBT rights staff attorney Daniel Tilley:

"We are very disappointed that Governor Scott has taken this affirmative step to keep in place laws that he knows cause substantial, concrete harms to families across Florida. He has the power to end this now, yet he has chosen to perpetuate the second-class status of lesbian and gay couples. State officials are only delaying the day when all Florida families are given the respect, dignity and responsibility that come with marriage. We will not rest until the marriages of all of Florida's loving couples are recognized."

The fight for the freedom to marry in the Sunshine State continues. Watch this space!

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