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Keys judge rules FL's gay-marriage law unconstitutional


Monroe County Circuit Judge Luis Garcia overturned Florida’s 2008 constitutional gay-marriage ban on Thursday, and ordered that two Key West bartenders be allowed to wed but not before Tuesday.

Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones, who met at a gay pride celebration and have been a couple for 11 years, sued Monroe County Clerk Amy Heavilin in April for a marriage license. Their case mirrors a similar suit in Miami-Dade County, in which six same-sex couples and LGBT advocacy group Equality Florida Institute sued County Clerk Harvey Ruvin for the right to marry.

In both cases, Florida Assistant Attorney General Adam Tanenbaum argued that Garcia and Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel should not dismiss Florida’s constitutional gay marriage ban, which passed in 2008 with the support of 62 percent of voters.

“It remains for this court simply to respect the policy decision made by voters,” Tanenbaum told Garcia at a hearing for summary judgment on July 7 in Plantation Key.

Zabel has yet to rule on whether to allow the Miami-Dade plaintiffs to wed or go to trial in their suit against Ruvin. The six couples are Catherina Pareto and Karla Arguello of Coconut Grove; Dr. Juan Carlos Rodriguez and David Price of Davie; Vanessa and Melanie Alenier of Hollywood; Todd and Jeff Delmay of Hollywood; Summer Greene and Pamela Faerber of Plantation; and Don Price Johnston and Jorge Isaias Diaz of Miami.


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ed jenkins

The citizens call for the immediate removal of this most horrible judge who does not follow the laws and constitution of this state which greatly opposes thse perverted activities that this judge thinks he can impose on the state.

Quentin Crisp

Ed. What did this judge do that 24 federal and state judges before him didn't do regarding this subject?


Please, stop the hatred and judgment, Ed.


Again, the strength of the U.S. Constitution is that it protects the rights of all Americans. A groups individual liberties are not up for vote. Ed seems to disagree with the Constitution and the checks and balance system found within.


With liberty and justice for ALL.

ed jenkins

As we have seen since the writing of the constitution, these perverted activities were illegal and no change has been made to the constitution declaring that laws against these activities are no unconstitutional. The citizens were asked though it should have been unnecessary as their opinion was already known whether they want to make these perverted activities constitutional and they overwhelmingly re-affirmed that this family friendly state does not want these perverted activities occurring here. The citizens have called for the immediate removal of this corrupt judge who takes money from the sex industry to influence his corrupt opinions.


White man speaks with forked tongue.


Right, Ed. I do remember learning about that article in the Constitution that declared being gay illegal. Duh!

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