Fourth Florida court rules for marriage equality

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A circuit judge in Palm Beach County has become the latest in Florida to overturn the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, making for four decisions against the law over the course of one month. In a 10-page decision, Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Diana Lewis determined that Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage violates equal protection and due process rights under the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The litigation is an attempt to resolve the estate Frank Bangor, a man who owned property in Florida. Last year, he married W. Jason Simpson in Delaware, where same-sex marriage is legal. Simpson was named personal representative of his late’s spouse estate, and has petitioned Florida to be recognized as such. 


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