same-sex marriage

Judge Approves Early Start To Florida's Gay Weddings

Jan 5, 2015

A Florida judge said Miami-Dade County can immediately start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, meaning Florida’s first gay weddings may begin shortly.

Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel on Monday lifted a stay on her July ruling that Florida’s same-sex marriage ban violates equal protections under the U.S. Constitution.

Miami-Dade County Clerk Harvey Ruvin says he will begin issuing licenses immediately, so the first gay and lesbian weddings could take place Monday afternoon. A gay rights group already lined up two couples to be the first.

Same-sex couples in Florida's Miami-Dade County can begin to get married as early as Monday after a judge lifted a stay on her July ruling that declared the state's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional.

Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel's ruling allows gays couples in the county to get married as of 2 p.m. ET. Such marriages performed out of state will be recognized in Miami-Dade immediately.

Gay marriages in the rest of the state are set to begin at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday. That follows a decision in August by federal Judge Robert Hinkle who declared the ban unconstitutional.

A federal judge is leaving Florida clerks without a doubt: It is their duty to issue licenses to same-sex couples looking to get married.

Back in August, U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle issued an opinion ruling Florida's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional. Like other judges before him, Hinkle put the ruling on hold for a few months to give Florida time to appeal all the way up to the Supreme Court.

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As the constitutionality of Texas' ban on same-sex marriage sits before the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, the ability for gay couples to marry may become a reality soon in Bexar County. 

The Bexar County Clerk is preparing for a possible flood of same-sex couples wanting to get married — if San Antonio-based U.S. Federal Judge, Orlando Garcia, lifts a stay on the Texas gay marriage ban.

Gerard Rickhoff is a Republican who isn’t afraid to admit his own party is in the wrong, when the party’s line tries to legislate morality.