Federal judge in Florida strikes down marriage ban, following 4 state court wins
Aug 21, 2014 at 02:50 pm
Today, August 21, U.S. District Court Judge Robert Hinkle ruled in favor of the freedom to marry in Florida, the first federal judge to strike down Florida’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples. His ruling follows four previous state court rulings in favor of marriage for same-sex couples in Florida earlier this summer.
The ruling is in Brenner v. Scott, which was consolidated earlier this year with Grimsley and Albu v. Scott. Grimsley and Albu v. Scott was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida on March 13, 2014 on behalf of SAVE, an LGBT organization in Miami and eight married same-sex couples seeking respect for their marriages legally performed in other states. Brenner v. Scott was filed by private counsel on March 6, 2014 on behalf of two same-sex couple who married and now live in Florida, where their marriages are not respected.
This is the 38th pro-marriage court ruling since June 2013. Read about all 38 HERE.
For information on the nearly 80 marriage cases currently working their way through state and federal court in 32 different states and territories, visit our Marriage Litigation resource.