Tuesday, January 6, 2015

FL Pride

From USA Today:
"After state ban is lifted, gays marry across Florida"

Florida's ban on same-sex marriage ended statewide at the stroke of midnight Monday, and officials expecting big crowds at local courthouses were not disappointed. U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle's ruling Monday that Florida's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional took effect in all 67 counties. A Miami judge who found no need to wait until the statewide ban expired. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel presided over Florida's first legally recognized same-sex marriages Monday afternoon. Florida residents must pay $93.50 for a marriage license and wait three days before getting married, unless they have taken part in premarital counseling before they apply. Couples who have taken part in the counseling can avoid the waiting period and pay a discounted fee of $61. The addition of Florida's 19.9 million people means 70 percent of Americans now live in the 36 states where gay marriage is legal.

^ It's nice to see Florida joining the 36 states and DC that now give equal rights to gays. As of  today 35 states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming  and the District of Columbia allow gays to marry. Thirteen states: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Texas , as well as two territories: Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands still discriminate against gays by not allowing them to marry, but that will end soon (hopefully.)


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