Progress in Florida, but the fight for equality continues
Progressive Choice congratulates Florida on becoming the 36th state in which same-sex couples are no longer denied their 14th Amendment rights to equal protection under the law.
Civil rights and LGBT advocacy groups have worked tirelessly to reach this milestone, and we were honored to have joined these efforts by filing a brief as amicus in support of the Appellees in Pareto v. Ruvin and Huntsman v. Heavilin.
A second congratulations to Appellee Aaron Hunstman and his husband Williams Jones, who were recently married in Key West!
One of our organization’s core tenets is that civil rights—including the right to marry the person you love, regardless of gender—should not be restricted by the state you live in. As Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel wrote in her ruling in Pareto v. Ruvin, "A state's constitution cannot insulate a law that otherwise violates the U.S. Constitution.”
While the Supreme Court’s decision to not prolong the stay on marriage equality has allowed same-sex marriages to proceed in Florida, the fight for equality is not yet over, as the issue continues to move through the 11th Circuit and has yet to be addressed nationwide.
We are hopeful that the Supreme Court’s decision to hear four cases on this issue will result in a ruling that applies to all states, making it illegal to deny same-sex couples and their families the same rights afforded to straight couples and their families.
p.s. Check out The Day It Snowed in Miami, an Emmy-winning documentary that traces the political activism behind an equal-rights statute in Miami, and how it galvanized the gay rights movement in Florida.