Marriage equality moves to Miami


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Yesterday, another judge in Florida overturned that state’s ban on same-sex marriage – this time in Miami-Dade County.  It is the second such ruling in florida after Monroe County Circuit Judge Luis Garcia struck down the ban for the Florida Keys.  Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel found the constitutional amendment approved by Florida voters in 2008 discriminates against gay people, saying it violates their right to equal protection under the law guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution’s 14th Amendment.  She writes,

Preventing couples from marrying solely on the basis of their sexual orientation serves no governmental interest.  It serves only to hurt, to discriminate, to deprive same-sex couples and their families of equal dignity, to label and treat them as second-class citizens, and to deem them unworthy of participation in one of the fundamental institutions of our society.

Garcia’s earlier ruling was put on hold when Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi filed…

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