Monday, July 28, 2014

Second Florida Trial Court Invalidates State's Same-Sex Marriage Ban; Stays Order

In Pareto v. Ruvin, (FL Cir. Ct., July 25, 2014), a Florida state trial court in Miami-Dade County held that Florida's ban on same-sex marriage violates the 14th Amendment's due process and equal protection clauses.  While ordering the Miami-Dade County clerk of courts to modify its marriage license forms to encompass same-sex marriages, the court stayed its order pending expected appeals. The court excluded from its order the provision of Florida law barring recognition of same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions, presumably because none of the plaintiffs before the court had been married elsewhere. Earlier this month, a Monroe County Florida trial court also struck down Florida's ban on same-sex marriage. (See prior posting.) AP reports on the Miami-Dade County decision.