IN THE LGBT
Today the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has denied the state’s motion for stay of a District Court ruling that overturned the state’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples. The stay is scheduled to expire at the end of the day on January 5th, enabling same-sex couples to apply for marriage licenses at that time.
"We are thrilled that the 11th Circuit has denied the state's request to delay marriages in Florida. Every day of delay is another day of harm experienced by thousands of loving and committed same-sex couples in Florida. Now it's time to break out the wedding bells," said Nadine Smith, CEO of Equality Florida. "Florida is ready for the freedom to marry!"
On August 21, US District Court Judge Robert Hinkle ruled in favor of the freedom to marry and respect for marriage legally performed between same-sex couples in other states in these two consolidated federal marriage cases, Brenner v. Scott and Grimsley and Albu v. Scott.
The District Court placed a stay of their decision to allow time for appeals. The stay is scheduled to expire on January 5th. The state of Florida had requested an extension of the stay from the 11th Circuit Court until the appeals process if fully finished, while lawyers for the plaintiff couples had opposed any extension pointing to federal court ruling that struck down similar gay-marriage bans in other states.
Current Map, Court Cases, Legislation & Polling: Marriage Equality USA tracks all the current court cases, polls, and bills and initiatives on marriage equality across the USA. Link
Post DOMA Resources: Now that Section 3 of DOMA has been struck down by the US Supreme Court, MEUSA has pulled together a section of resources for same sex couples in a post-DOMA world. Link
Miss. marriage ban ruled unconstitutional
A federal judge last week struck down Mississippi's ban on marriage equality. The lawsuit challenging the ban, which was filed in late October by the Campaign for Southern Equality, involved two lesbian couples who sought the right to marry in their home state. The judge stayed his ruling for two weeks to give state officials a chance to appeal. Washington Blade (Washington, D.C.) (11/25), The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, Miss.) (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (11/28)
Judge in Ark. rules in favor of marriage equality
A federal judge last week struck down Arkansas' ban on marriage equality. The ruling comes as the state Supreme Court decides whether to uphold a lower-court ruling striking down the ban. Same-sex couples wed in the state before ruling was suspended by the state Supreme Court. BuzzFeed (11/25), The Huffington Post/The Associated Press (11/25), Washington Blade (Washington, D.C.) (11/25)
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