Published On: Tue, Jul 29th, 2014

Miami-Dade judge rules against Florida’s gay marriage ban

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel struck down Florida’s ban on marriage for committed same-sex couples in what is now the 28th consecutive ruling by a federal or state court in favor of the freedom to marry in the past year. Supporters say this decision affirms what another court found recently in a case out of Key West — Florida’s denial of the freedom to marry violates the U.S. Constitution.

The "Support Gay Marriage" activists won another battle as a Florida judge ruled the ban was unconstitutional

The “Support Gay Marriage” activists won another battle as a Florida judge ruled the ban was unconstitutional

“Today Judge Zabel joins a chorus of judges from all across the nation, including another judge in Florida, who have found that bans on marriage for same-sex couples are unconstitutional,” said Marc Solomon, Freedom to Marry’s national campaign director. “The plaintiffs in this case want what all couples want: the freedom to make a lifetime commitment to the person they love and protect their families – a protection that only marriage can provide. Majorities of Americans in Florida and across the country support the freedom to marry. Today’s decision further highlights how out of step Sen. Marco Rubio is, with growing numbers in his own party, a strong majority of Floridians, and now increasingly the Florida courts.”

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) reaffirmed his opposition to marriage for same-sex couples in a speech at Catholic University.

Same-sex couples can marry in 19 states and the District of Columbia, meaning that 44% of Americans now live in states where gay couples share in the freedom to marry. Recent polling by the Washington Post/ABC News shows 59% of Americans support the freedom to marry, while other polling shows majority support in Florida.

Earlier this month the judge in Key West also ruled the ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional. More on that story HERE.

Same-sex couples can marry and be recognized  in 19 states and the District of Columbia. The DOJ head Eric Holder stated earlier this week the Justice Department would seek a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court to end all gay marriage bans.


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