Florida Keys Judge Overturns State's Same-Sex Marriage Ban
A judge in the Florida Keys has overturned the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage after a legal challenge by six gay couples said it effectively made them second-class citizens.
The ruling was issued Thursday by Circuit Judge Luis M. Garcia and applies only to Monroe County, which covers the Keys. The lawsuit contended that the same-sex marriage ban approved by voters in 2008 violated the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of equal protection under the law. The judge says licenses could be issued starting Tuesday.
Florida's Attorney General Pam Bondi has already expressed support for keeping the state's same-sex marriage ban in place.
Will the momentum from Judge Garcia's ruling lead to marriage equality across the state?