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Same-Sex Couples File Lawsuit to Overturn Florida's Gay Marriage Ban

Following the lead of successful lawsuits in Utah and Oklahoma in recent months, six same-sex couples in Florida plan to sue the state in order to overturn ban on same-sex marriage.

Back in 2008, Florida voters narrowly approved a constitutional amendment that banned not only gay marriage but any recognition of gay relationships in the state. Now, just over four years later, polling show that nearly 75 percent of Floridians approve of some sort of recognition of gay couples.

The National Center for Lesbian Rights filed the lawsuit, and the ACLU and Equality Florida have publicly backed the suit but aren't involved legally.

"Marriage equality is inevitable and coming soon for Floridians because brave couples are demanding the dignity under the law that marriage provides," said Daniel Tilley, a staff attorney for the ACLU in a statement. "We are hopeful that the court hearing this case will agree with courts across the country that the Constitution requires that same-sex couples be permitted to marry."

Most of the couples involve come from Miami and the surrounding South Florida area. Four of the couples are currently raising children, while another has an adult child and are now grandparents.

"Florida is our home, it is where we are raising our child, and where we want to get married," Catherine Pareto, who has been with her partner Karla Arguello, told the Huffington Post in a statement. "Karla and I wish for our family the same things that other families want. We want to build our lives together, provide a safe and caring home for our child, and share in the responsibilities and protections of marriage."

Though polls show greater support in the state for legal recognition, support for full-out marriage hovers now at just above 50 percent depending on which poll you're looking at. In order to overturn the ban of gay marriage at the polls, an amendment would need 60 percent of the vote. However, Florida's state government could also take action to overturn the ban, but that's unlikely to happen in Republican-controlled Tallahassee.

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fullmarriageequality
fullmarriageequality

There is no good reason to deny that we must keep evolving until an adult, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, monogamy or polyamory, race, or religion is free to marry any and all consenting adults. The limited same-gender freedom to marry is a great and historic step, but is NOT full marriage equality, because equality "just for some" is not equality. Let's stand up for EVERY ADULT'S right to marry the person(s) they love. Get on the right side of history!

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

as pres NIXONs solicitor general BORK determined this issue to be settled back in the early 70s stating then that discrimination based on sexual orientation is UNconstitutional (as the ACLU attorney GINSBERG argued successfully back then)

its only a handful of politically motivated self-interests that push this same question - not that they don't realize they will fail in the courts - BUT THEY DO get a lot of marketing and promotion MILEs out of this issue since their constituents are typically one dimensional followers

scott.huminski
scott.huminski

Florida man challenges Arizona statute in supreme Court


Challenge to AZ harassment statute before supreme court on friday


Scott X Huminski of bonita springs, fl  is awaiting decision when the supreme court holds a conference on his case friday which challenges the Arizona harassment statute as unconstitutional.  The case could free the approximately 5 million persons in Arizona of the chilling effect of what Huminski describes as a  "patently unconstitutional over-broad and vague statute" .  The ACLU denied Huminski any assistance in the matter.  The Supreme Court will decide whether to take the case on friday.


Supreme Court papers, 21,000 views on scribd.com,
http://www.scribd.com/doc/178501012/Supreme-Court-Certiorari-Petition-and-Appendix-First-Amendment-attack-upon-Arizona-Harassment-statute

http://www.scribd.com/doc/188167075/Supreme-Court-Docketing-Huminski-v-Arizona-harassment-statute1
Scott X is the founder and leader of the civil rights rock band that has garnered 500,000 views of their youtube videos.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXbojImKNlI

Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

why don't they go to Russia, and file lawsuit?! Oh, I forgot... they ain't russians! But if they're Americans, why don't they go to Texas and do that, since is a NATIONAL agenda?!?! :P

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