Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Trial Court Invalidates Florida's Ban On Recognizing Same-Sex Civil Unions

Tampa Bay Times reports that in a ruling on Monday, a Broward County, Florida trial court judge invalidated the 2008 amendment to the Florida Constitution that prohibits recognition of any "legal union that is treated as marriage or the substantial equivalent thereof." The ruling comes in a case in which plaintiff  Heather Brassner asked the Florida court to dissolve her same-sex Vermont civil union. The court concluded that it could not do so without first ruling on the constitutionality of Florida's same-sex marriage ban. After ruling, the court immediately stayed the order, pending appeal. This is the third Florida trial court ruling since July invalidating Florida's same-sex marriage ban. (See prior posting.) Yesterday's opinion in Brassner v. Lade does not appear to be available online yet, but here is the full text of plaintiff's motion for a declaratory judgment and injunctive relief.