07/17/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)
Florida Keys – A judge in the Florida Keys recently made a ruling that gay couples could wed there; however, a state appeal quickly followed. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), Circuit Judge Luis M. Garcia said in his ruling that same sex couples could soon be granted marriage licenses, but a notice of appeal filed by Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi prevents them from being issued until the courts decide further.
Same-sex couples brought a challenge against a 2008 voter approved measure that defines marriage as being solely between one man and one woman. Garcia said the ban is in violation of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
Garcia is quoted as writing in his ruling, “The court is aware that the majority of voters oppose same-sex marriage, but it is our country’s proud history to protect the rights of the individual, the rights of the unpopular and the rights of the powerless, even at the cost of offending the majority.”
As noted by the AP, the amendment was approved by 62 percent of voters.
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