Judge: Florida Must Recognize Out-of-State Marriages

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A state judge in Florida has found that the state's voter-approved ban on performing or recognizing same-sex marriages is unconstitutional, in the third such ruling regarding Florida's marriage laws in three weeks. 

Monday's decision from Broward County Circuit Judge Dale Cohen in Brassner v. Ladedetermined that the Florida state constitution's ban on performing same-sex marriages in the state or recognizing those performed in other states violates the U.S. Constitution. The decision technically applies only to Broward County and was accompanied by a stay in anticipation of the state's likely appeal, reports Equality Florida. The statewide equality group notes that Judge Cohen wasappointed by Republican then-governor Jeb Bush in 2006, making him the third GOP-appointed judge to rule against the state's marriage ban in the past month. 

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