It is no wonder that current societal views on same-sex marriage have forced the Courts to advance with the times. It is well recognized that the Supreme Court has repeatedly recognized the fundamental right to marry. Yet, Florida refused to recognize same-sex marriages until the Northern District Court of Florida in Brenner v Scott, on August 21, 2014, issued a preliminary injunction that prevents the state from enforcing its bans and then stayed its injunction until stays are lifted in the three same-sex marriage cases then petitioning for a writ of certiorari in the U.S. Supreme Court–Bostic, Bishop, and Kitchen–and for 91 days thereafter, 999 F. Supp. 2d 1278, 1292-1293, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 116684, 35, 25 Fla. L. Weekly Fed. D 11 (N.D. Fla. 2014).

It is sad that the Courts are not quite there yet as some cases are still pending. But, there is progress and hope that all fundamental right will be recognized one day is all states. –Mary A. Cosmo, Esq.


Wedding_cake_with_pillar_supports,_2009There is good news for those of us who support same-sex marriage (as well as an indication in the remarkable turnaround in public attitude in a relatively short time). According to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, 6 out of 10 Americans now support same-sex marriage and believe that states should not be allowed to define marriage as only between a man and a woman. That is a record showing for same-sex marriage.

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