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    Same-Sex Marriage Ban Struck Down For Miami Area

    A Florida judge on Friday overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage in a ruling that applies to Miami-Dade County, agreeing with a judge in another county who made a similar ruling last week. Still, no marriage licenses will be issued for gay couples in either county any time soon to allow for appeals.

    The ruling by Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel mirrors the decision made earlier by Monroe County Circuit Judge Luis Garcia. Both found the constitutional amendment approved by Florida voters in 2008 discriminates against gay people. They said it violates their right to equal protection under the law guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution's 14th Amendment.

    "Preventing couples from marrying solely on the basis of their sexual orientation serves no governmental interest," Zabel wrote. "It serves only to hurt, to discriminate, to deprive same-sex couples and their families of equal dignity, to label and treat them as second-class citizens, and to deem them unworthy of participation in one of the fundamental institutions of our society."

    The effect of Garcia's ruling was put on hold when Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi filed notice of appeal. Zabel also stayed the effect of her ruling indefinitely to allow time for appeals, which could take months, and Bondi promptly followed up Friday by filing an appeal notice in the Miami-Dade case. The county of 2.6 million people is in the top 10 in population in the U.S.

    Both judges were appointed by former Republican Gov. Jeb Bush and have been re-elected.

    The legal battleground will next shift to the Miami-based 3rd District Court of Appeal for both cases, and most likely after that to the state Supreme Court. Nevertheless, Friday's ruling was cause for celebration for gay couples across the Miami area.

    "It means so much for a court to recognize our family and say that we must be treated equally," said Catherina Pareto, one of the plaintiffs in the case. "We love this state and want nothing more than to be treated as equal citizens who contribute to the community and help make Florida an even better place for everyone who lives here."

    Same-sex ban supporters argue that the referendum vote should be respected and that Florida has sole authority to define marriage in the state. The Florida amendment defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman.

    Gay marriage proponents have won more than 20 legal decisions around the country since the U.S. Supreme Court last year struck down a key part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Those rulings remain in various stages of appeal. Many legal experts say the U.S. Supreme Court may ultimately have to decide the question for all states.

    Bondi said in a statement about the Monroe County case that "with many similar cases pending throughout the entire country, finality on this constitutional issue must come from the U.S. Supreme Court."

    Nineteen states and the District of Columbia allow gay people to marry.

    Republican Gov. Rick Scott has said he supports the amendment but opposes discrimination. His top Democratic challenger, former Gov. Charlie Crist, supports efforts to overturn it.

    Florida has long been a gay rights battleground. In the 1970s, singer and orange juice spokeswoman Anita Bryant successfully campaigned to overturn a Dade County ordinance banning discrimination against gays. The county commission reinstated those protections two decades later.
    Same-Sex Marriage Ban Struck Down for Miami Area - ABC News

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    Re: Same-Sex Marriage Ban Struck Down For Miami Area

    Bam bam bam. babam bam bam ba bam.

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    Re: Same-Sex Marriage Ban Struck Down For Miami Area

    That's, what, 32 activist judges in a row?
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    Re: Same-Sex Marriage Ban Struck Down For Miami Area

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    That's, what, 32 activist judges in a row?
    There where two 2-1 decisions on appeals, so close but not quite.
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    Re: Same-Sex Marriage Ban Struck Down For Miami Area

    Remember that time when a court upheld a same sex marriage ban? Yeah, I don't either.
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    Re: Same-Sex Marriage Ban Struck Down For Miami Area

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    There where two 2-1 decisions on appeals, so close but not quite.
    Well, 32 decisions in a row, or something. At what point do people admit that this isn't judicial activism? every court is biased? Really?
    He touched her over her bra and underpants, she says, and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear
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    We’ll say what? Something like “nothing happened” ... Yeah, we might say something like that.

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    Re: Same-Sex Marriage Ban Struck Down For Miami Area

    When will people realize that if sane consenting adults want to marry...it is no one else's business.

    National same sex marriage is inevitable...it's time the dinosaurs that are against it find something else to think about...like whether to try using the 'internets' or to try out 'celler phones'...or to take down their 'I like Ike' posters.

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    Re: Same-Sex Marriage Ban Struck Down For Miami Area

    Quote Originally Posted by The German View Post
    Bam bam bam. babam bam bam ba bam.

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    I'd absolutely take these rulings against these bans - you know why? because they're setting nothing but precedent to strike down every tyrannical ban progressives want.

    There will be no more banning of anything anymore...

    In 5-years I will be back in the bar smoking my cigarettes and blowing the smoke in progressives faces..

    We can play the discrimination game all damn day long...

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    Re: Same-Sex Marriage Ban Struck Down For Miami Area

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Nick View Post
    I'd absolutely take these rulings against these bans - you know why? because they're setting nothing but precedent to strike down every tyrannical ban progressives want.

    There will be no more banning of anything anymore...

    In 5-years I will be back in the bar smoking my cigarettes and blowing the smoke in progressives faces..

    We can play the discrimination game all damn day long...
    Is... Is that how you think equal protection works? "Strike down any ban?"
    He touched her over her bra and underpants, she says, and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear
    Quote Originally Posted by Lutherf View Post
    We’ll say what? Something like “nothing happened” ... Yeah, we might say something like that.

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    Re: Same-Sex Marriage Ban Struck Down For Miami Area

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Nick View Post
    I'd absolutely take these rulings against these bans - you know why? because they're setting nothing but precedent to strike down every tyrannical ban progressives want.

    There will be no more banning of anything anymore...

    In 5-years I will be back in the bar smoking my cigarettes and blowing the smoke in progressives faces..

    We can play the discrimination game all damn day long...
    Why are you always so angry?

    Always ranting at everyone and desperatly trying to annoy everyone through attacking them.

    Next time you post such an angry rant against me, I will simply report you.

    Then you can go and rant at the wind.

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