One Equal World

Federal Judge Validates Florida Marriage Equality Ruling

Posted on: January 2, 2015

2014 was an important year for marriage equality progress in the United States. Finally, after increased activism and visibility for the cause, same-sex marriage proponents tipped the scale in favor of the freedom to marry, which is now legal in more than half of the country.  Gay Marriage

According to Freedom to Marry, as of December 4, 2014, “In 35 states […] plus Washington, D.C. and some counties in MO – same-sex couples have the freedom to marry. In MO, the marriages of same-sex couples legally performed in other states are respected. In 4 states (KY, MI, OH, TN), marriage supporters are seeking review from the U.S. Supreme Court of an out-of-step pro-marriage ruling from the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.” All of these victories mark a much greater shift towards an acceptance of marriage equality in the United States.

Momentum in the fight for marriage equality increased exponentially earlier this week when a federal judge in Florida ruled that same-sex couples will be able to wed starting January 6. Marriage equality advocates in Florida have had an extremely difficult time combatting state officials like Attorney General Pam Bondi (R). Bondi and others fervently pushed back against U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle’s August pro-marriage equality ruling, which has delayed the process for same-sex couples.

Back in 2013, Miami-based lawyer Kendall Coffey predicted that same-sex marriage is unstoppable. A little more than a year later, with Florida finally moving forward with the freedom to marry, remarkable progress has been made in the fight for marriage equality in all 50 states. USA Today’s Richard Wolf notes that “Despite this year’s breathtaking string of lower court victories, the battle for marriage equality hasn’t been swift or easy. To the lawyers who devised the legal strategy decades ago, the journey has been arduous, the setbacks plentiful and the battle scars deep,” of the long and tiresome fight for marriage equality. Still, with so many victories for the gay and lesbian community in 2014, Wolf echoes Coffey’s earlier sentiment that the time has come for the freedom to marry to be accepted universally across America.

As we enter 2015, it appears that the momentum needed to bring marriage equality to states like Florida will prove invaluable to marriage equality advocates and same-sex couples across the country. Learn more about each state’s current stance on marriage equality by visiting Freedom to Marry’s full breakdown of state laws.

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