Florida LGBT leaders push for marital equality four years after gay adoption became legal

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Written by: Michael Van Sickler

TALLAHASSEE — Florida's ban on adoption by same-sex couples stood for 33 years before the 3rd District Court of Appeal overturned it as unconstitutional four years ago.

But rather than celebrate that anniversary, gay rights groups Monday called for the same recognition of same-sex marriage in dual news conferences in Tallahassee and Miami. Despite a recent spate of court rulings overturning the ban on same-sex marriage, Attorney General Pam Bondi, with Gov. Rick Scott's support, has filed appeals upholding the ban.

"(They) have decided to continue to inflict harm on my family and on hundreds of thousands of people across the state of Florida," said Nadine Smith, executive director of the LGBT rights group Equality Florida. "There is no one who believes in equality and justice who can stand behind Attorney General Pam Bondi."

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