Anti-relationship recognition constitutional amendment
In January 2014, private lawyers filed a federal lawsuit, Pareto v. Ruvin, seeking the freedom to marry for same-sex couples across the state of Florida. Several other lawsuits - including two in state court and one in federal court - have also been filed. Read more about marriage litigation in Florida.
As the cases makes 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 75% saying they support either marriage or civil union for same-sex couples. (Public Policy Polling, March 2013)
GROUPS ACTIVELY WORKING ON MARRIAGE:
- 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.
NUMBER OF SAME-SEX COUPLES:
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.
Blog Posts Related to Florida
On March 13, a trio of federal lawsuits concerning marriage protections for same-sex couples, were filed in three different states. The cases - filed in Arizona, Florida, and Indiana - join more than 50 other lawsuits where same-sex couples are seeking the freedom to marry.
Today, Freedom to Marry is launching Southerners for the Freedom to Marry, a new campaign in partnership with 12 Southern equality organizations that will amplify the voices of marriage supporters in the South.
GUEST POST: By Juan Luque, who lives with his partner, Patrick Duffy outside of Tampa, FL. Juan addresses Pam Bondi, the Attorney General of Florida, in response to a lawsuit filed in Florida on behalf of same-sex couples seeking the freedom to marry.
Resources Related to Florida
UCLA demographers analyzing 2010 Census Bureau data have found that same-sex couples raising children are more common in the South than in any other region in the United States.
The Southern Poverty Law Center provides a detailed listing of anti-gay groups know for their dangerous propaganda aimed at lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
The Florida Third District Court of Appeal decision affirming a circuit court ruling that found a law banning gay and lesbian people from adopting children unconstitutional.