Miami Judge Rules Anti-Gay Groups Won't Be Affected by Gay Marriage

Three anti-gay groups wanted to get involved in a lawsuit that seeks to overturn Florida's gay marriage ban but have now been shut out by a Miami-Dade circuit judge who ruled "they will not be directly and immediately affected if others enter into a same-sex marriage."

See also: Pam Bondi Would Like to Remind Floridians They Banned Gay Marriage in the First Place

The lawsuit was filed by six South Florida gay couples, Equality Florida, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights. It seeks to overturn Florida's same-sex marriage ban (and is separate from another lawsuit that seeks to have Florida recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages). They've sued Miami-Dade Clerk of Courts Harvey Ruvin for not issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and Ruvin has responded by taken a neutral response, meaning he will not actively fight the suit.

The Florida Family Action Inc. (FFAI), Florida Democratic League Inc. (FDL), and People United to Lead the Struggle for Equality Inc. (PULSE) wanted to jump into the case as defendants. FFAI indeed drafted 2008's Amendment 2, and the other groups helped pass the ban. Florida law does allow parties to intervene in such cases if they can show they have "direct and immediate" interest.

Judge Sarah Zabel of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court in Miami smacked the request down, basically by claiming that same-sex marriage would have no "direct and immediate" effect on homophobes.

"They will not be directly and immediately affected if others enter into a same-sex marriage or are prevented from entering into a same-sex marriage," Zabel wrote in her six-page decision. "The validity of their own marriages will not be affected. The judgment in this case will not order them to do or refrain from doing anything. It will not have any legal impact upon them."

Zabel's reasoning is all legal. She claims that just because the groups were involved in passing the law, it doesn't mean they have any more right than anyone else who doesn't like gay marriage to jump into the case. But the underlying message in her ruling is clear: Same-sex marriage doesn't have a direct and immediate negative impact on straight people.

Follow Miami New Times on Facebook and Twitter @MiamiNewTimes.

Sponsor Content

My Voice Nation Help

Wonder if AG Bondi will dust off the debunked "research" of George Rekers to use in the defense? LoL

Hellenea Siargani
Hellenea Siargani

Start working at home with Google! Just work for few hours and have more time with friends and family. I earn up to $500 per week. It's a great work at home opportunity. I can't believe how easy it was once I tried it out. Linked here w­w­w­.­b­o­o­t­h­7­.­c­o­mONLY don’t include “ONLY”

Cynthia Nicholas
Cynthia Nicholas

One step towards the right direction! And I love the simpsons! Hehe.

DRAKEMALLARD.0 topcommenter

 Who gives a Shit if gays want to me miserable like everyone else and get married. Let em do it. No skin of my ass. Why do you care if somebody wants to marry who they love?" Same sex marriage should be legal. The fact that it's illegal is embarrassing.


@fratdawgg23 Don't you mean "twice married, twice divorced AG Bondi"?!!

Now Trending

Miami Concert Tickets

From the Vault