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Horrors -- These People Live in Florida and Want to Marry Each Other.

Why can't they just enjoy second-class status and be happy with that?
On January 21, 2014, six same-sex couples and Equality Florida Institute filed a lawsuit in Florida state court in Miami seeking the freedom to marry. The lawsuit argues that Florida’s laws barring same-sex couples from marriage violate the United States Constitution by denying them the legal protections and equal dignity that having the freedom to marry provides.
The couples are from Miami and the surrounding area. Four of the couples are raising children, and another couple have an adult child and two grandchildren. The couples are: Catherina Pareto and Karla Arguello; Dr. Juan Carlos Rodriguez and David Price; Vanessa and Melanie Alenier; Todd and Jeff Delmay; Summer Greene and Pamela Faerber; and Don Price Johnston and Jorge Isaias Diaz. They are represented by the law firm Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, attorney Elizabeth F. Schwartz, attorney Mary B. Meeks, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR).
Kudos to the stellar legal team taking on this important case -- go make some history.


  1. Watch out conservatives! Your mandatory Obamacare sexual reassignment surgery is right around the corner, Ma'am.

  2. Are you straight bashing Godwhacker?

  3. Bashing? No, my optic blasts are only used for defense!

  4. It's a mad, mad, mad world.

  5. Sean Hannity may change his mind about moving here.

    Kudos to the lawyers, and also kudos to the plaintiffs.

  6. Smart move by the plaintiffs, since they probably would've been clobbered in federal court (and certainly in the Eleventh Circuit).

  7. 4:12 here -- that said, the action is likely removeable to federal court, since it's been brought under section 1983 and the U.S. Constitution.

  8. fantastic -- here's to hoping our Florida judges have the courage to do what judges have recently done in Utah and Ohio!

  9. Who's division did this case fall into? I'm interested in who will be making the decision...

  10. still no case number and no judge assigned to the case. clerk's office apparently is running a little behind

  11. Well, that makes it unlikely that anything predictable will happen, although I wouldn't tussle with her bailiff on a dark night.


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