Anti-relationship recognition constitutional amendment; two separate judges have ruled that the amendment is unconstitutional - in Monroe County and Miami-Dade County. 


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. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi appealed, which immediately stayed the ruling.

Just over one week later, Miami-Dade County Circuit Court Judge Sarah Zabel also ruled that Florida's marriage ban is unconstitutional. Her ruling was also immediately appealed and stayed. Both decisions will now be considered by the Florida 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals . 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 (57%) who support the freedom to marry. (Public Religion Research Institute, July 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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