Anti-gay groups continue to fight marriage equality lawsuits

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Tallahassee – The Liberty Counsel has filed two more motions to intervene in Florida lawsuits fighting for marriage equality.

The motions are filed on behalf of Florida Family Action, a group that pushed for the passage of Amendment 2 which is Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage. They’re attempting to intervene in the case of Grimley v. Scott, a lawsuit filed by eight Florida same-sex couples legally married elsewhere who are fighting to have their marriages recognized in Florida, and Brenner v. Scott, filed on behalf of a couple who got married in Canada, now live in Tallahassee, and want Florida to recognize their marriage.

In February, the Liberty Counsel filed a motion to intervene in the lawsuit filed Jan. 21 by Equality Florida Institute and six South Florida couples fighting for their right to marry. That motion was on behalf of Florida Family Action, People United to Lead the Struggle for Equality and Florida Democratic League. Florida Family Action is a partner group of Florida Family Policy Council, run by notorious anti-gay activist John Stemberger.

Those groups have also launched an online petition to gather support for their efforts, DontTrashMyVote.com.

According to court documents, the motion to intervene is closely tied to defending Amendment 2, Florida’s constitutional ban on marriage equality approved by voters in 2008.

“Plaintiffs expect Florida to reform its laws to satisfy their desires to have marriage redefined so that they can obtain benefits and rights that the people of Florida and the Florida Constitution require to be given only to the union of one man and one woman,” reads the motion.

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