In a limited but significant move, a state judge struck down Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage in Monroe County, the location of the Florida Keys.
The judge ruled that same-sex couples could begin receiving marriage licenses Tuesday, but state officials will likely try to block that from happening. The decision is limited to one county because that’s where couples filed suit against the state marriage ban, but it’s very possible the case will be appealed and the decision later applied to the rest of the state.
In the latest of an unbroken string of victories in support of marriage equality, Monroe County Circuit Judge Luis Garcia issues summary judgment in favor same-sex couples in his jurisdiction challenging Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage. “This 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,” Garcia writes.
Florida is where I cried myself to sleep the first time I had a crush on a girl. Florida is where I came out to myself, my friends and my family. Florida is where I watched Amendment 2 get voted into law the same year we elected the first black president, banning marriage equality statewide.
Florida is where I can (soon, probably) get married. Whoa.