Florida's Same-Sex Marriage Ban Continues to Crumble: Broward Judge Rules Against It

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Always a little late to the party, but still ahead of the rest of Florida, Broward County has joined the movement to strike down Florida's ban on same sex marriages. A judge in Broward this afternoon has ruled that Florida's ban is unconstitutional, a judgment that follows two similar opinions out of Monroe and Miami-Dade counties.

Unlike those cases, which involved couples seeking the right to marry, this case involved a couple that had entered a civil union in Vermont who were seeking the right to divorce in Florida.

See also: Miami-Dade Judge Rules in Favor of Gay Marriage

Heather Brassner and Megan Lade entered a Vermont civil union back in 2002. The two eventually split, and Lade has apparently disappeared. Brassner can't seem to find her even with the help of a private investigator.

Vermont has since passed full marriage for same-sex couples, but under their previous civil union laws, both couples must be present to sign off on the dissolution of the union. So now Brassner wants a divorce granted in absentia here in Florida.

In his ruling, Circuit Court Judge Dale Cohen deemed that Florida's ban on same-sex marriage violated the U.S. constitution.

Like the cases in Miami-Dade and Monroe County, the decision is expected to be stayed as the cases make their way through the appeal system. The Miami-Dade and Monroe Count cases are expected to be combined and may wind up before either the Florida or U.S. Supreme Court.

Though, both candidates running for Attorney General in the Democratic Primary have indicated that they would let the original rulings stand without further appeal.

The news comes after a day after a Tampa Bay Times poll of Florida political insiders found that the state's party heavyweights on both sides expect that it's only a matter of time until same-sex marriage comes to Florida.

Broward County, by the way, is home to Wilton Manors, the Ft. Lauderdale suburb with the most concentrated gay population in Florida.

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Bruce F Brown
Bruce F Brown

Really? Did you need to jab Broward like that Mr. Munzenrieder? If we are always so late to the party why has there been an Annual Pride Parade and Festival for 38 years in Fort Lauderdale and Miami Beach had their 1st in 2009?

Chris Cvnt
Chris Cvnt

It is amazing to me that America continues to divide itself over this issue instead of focusing on, idk, the fact that our Government is funding someone else's war. Grow the fuck up and let people do what they want. If you wanna make the world a better place hold your elected officials accountable for their corruption.

Mark-Adam Reasor
Mark-Adam Reasor

You know what's on my big, gay agenda? Finishing my degree, pursuing a further degree, getting a job I enjoy, purchasing a home, raising a family. Sounds like a familiar "lifestyle", doesn't it?

Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

it's about furthering their agenda thru blackmail and bogus "discrimination" claims. That's why I don't respect the gay movement in America, since everything has to be resolved in the courts with lawyers getting the lion's share... Everything has to be on an "emotional distress / anguish lawsuit" on one end, clashing with them evangelical-closeted fags moralists on the other. Equality?!?! I'm all for it, but dammit, this is a fucking circus, AND THE SAME WAY IS MY TAX PAYING-AMERICAN RIGHT to label this charade ridiculous!

Kenia West
Kenia West

^ thats stupid. Do straight couples have to go thru a mission like that? No. Its about equality no?

Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

Bullshit! Why can't they go back to Vermont and divorce THERE?! Let's say they get married and are relocated to Dubai because of an spouse's job offer. In the same scenario, the relationship has a falling out, will they stand before a local judge demanding an anullment?!?! Fuck no! They'll fly as many times as required to the states to deal with the issue. Vermont's a 3-4 hour flight, go there and get it done with.

DRAKEMALLARD.0
DRAKEMALLARD.0 topcommenter



“Straight people do a dammn well good job themselves of ruining the sanctity of marriage! 'gays can't get marry because it ruin the sanctity.
The whole line that marriage existed before governments is utter bullshitt. You know what marriage was then, it was a contract between a man and the woman's father.It used to be about owning a woman and joining families together for power and property.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.

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Mark-Adam Reasor
Mark-Adam Reasor

Carl, it must be nice to consider something so monumental a non-issue. I wish voters felt that way when it was put up to a vote.

Carl Snyder
Carl Snyder

Who cares. It's a non issue. Can't wait to see homo couples divorcing on court TV.... LOL. No child support, alimony, etc. An entirely new area of law.

hsloane
hsloane

 Brassner and Megan Lade entered a Vermont civil union back in 2002. The two eventually split, and Lade has apparently disappeared. Brassner can't seem to find her even with the help of a private investigator.

Vermont has since passed full marriage for same-sex couples, but under their previous civil union laws, both couples must be present to sign off on the dissolution of the union. So now Brassner wants a divorce granted in absentia here in Florida.


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