Gay Florida Couples Suing the State Will Be Heard in Court Today

July 2, 2014

By Chris Joseph

The six same-sex couples who sued the state back in January and are asking a state court to rule that Florida's ban on marriage equality is unconstitutional will finally be heard today in a Miami courtroom.

Eleventh Judicial Court Judge Sarah Zabel will preside over the case of Pareto v. Ruvin in a hearing scheduled for 4 Wednesday afternoon.

The suit looks to overturn Florida's ban on same-sex marriage, which was added to the state constitution in 2008. According to Equality Florida, the six couples' motion asserts that Florida's marriage ban cannot stand in light of last year's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the federal "Defense of Marriage Act" violates the federal constitutional guarantees of equal protection and due process.

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