Anti-relationship recognition constitutional amendment; a judge has ruled that the amendment is unconstitutional. The ruling is scheduled to take effect in Monroe County on July 22.  


On July 17, Chief Circuit Judge Luis Garcia struck down Florida's ban on marriage for same-sex couples in state court, ordering the Monroe County Clerk to stop enforcing Florida's anti-marriage constitutional amendment, saying that marriage licenses should begin being issued in Monroe County on July 22. For now, the ruling only applies to Monroe County and does not require the state of Florida to respect the marriages of same-sex couples legally performed in other states.

Read more about marriage litigation in Florida.

As the cases make their way up through the courts, Floridians across the state will continue to do the work of having conversations about why marriage matters and creating a climate for victory.


In 2008, anti-gay forces in Florida pushed through an anti-marriage constitutional amendment that excluded same-sex couples from marriage and prohibited same-sex couples from attaining any form of legal family status.

Several jurisdictions, including Miami, Orlando, and Tampa, have passed protections for domestic partners.


Voters in Florida are moving on marriage, with a majority of voters (47%) who support the freedom to Marry. Among Floridians who are under the age of 45 there’s 58/34 support for marriage. (Public Policy Polling, January 2014)


  • Equality Florida is a statewide education and advocacy organization dedicated to eliminating discrimination based on sexual orientation, race, gender and class.
  • ACLU of Florida is the state affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union.
  • Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage for same-sex couples nationwide. 


According to The Williams Institute's analysis of the 2010 U.S. Census, 48,496 same-sex couples are living in Florida, representing 6.5 same-sex couples per 1,000 households.

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