Miami Dade judge lifts stay on same-sex marriage

By : Jamie Hyman
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A Miami-Dade Circuit judge has lifted the county’s stay on same-sex marriage licenses, which means same-sex marriage will begin at 2 p.m. today in Miami-Dade County.

Judge Sarah Zabel’s ruling was in response to a Dec. 22 motion by Miami Dade Clerk Harvey Ruvin requesting the 11th judicial circuit court clarify and expedite the details of the stay’s expiration.

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Hearing set for marriage license clarification

By : Jamie Hyman
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There are currently two quests for clarification over whether same-sex marriage licenses should be issued statewide in Florida, and one of them has an official day in court.

Judge Sarah Zabel has set a hearing for 11 a.m. Jan. 5 in Miami Dade Circuit Court. The topic at hand is the Miami Clerk’s motion for a clarification about the stay on same-sex marriage.

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Motion to intervene in marriage equality case denied

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Miami – Three anti-gay groups Florida cannot intervene in a Florida lawsuit fighting for marriage equality, a circuit court judge ruled June 3. Judge Sarah Zabel ruled that Florida Family Action Inc., Florida Democratic League and People United to Lead the Struggle for Equality—all who support the state’s ban on marriage equality and were represented by the Liberty Counsel—cannot intervene in Pareto v. Ruvin.

That lawsuit, involving six same-sex couples, argues that Florida’s laws barring same-sex couples from marriage violate the United States Constitution by denying them the legal protections and equal dignity that having the freedom to marry provides. The plaintiffs are represented by the law firm Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, Elizabeth F. Schwartz, Mary B. Meeks, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR).

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