On Wednesday morning, Broward Judge Dale Cohen is expected to make final a divorce for a Lake Worth lesbian seeking to end her 2002 Vermont civil union.
Expect Broward Clerk of Courts Howard Forman, one of Broward's longest serving Democrats, to announce his decision about whether to grant same-sex marriage licenses later Wednesday or Thursday.
Forman has said that he and his legal staff have been researching their options and he hasn’t publicly revealed if he is leaning either way. Advocates in favor of same-sex marriage have been lobbying Forman to grant marriage licenses, but that may not happen this week.
“My personal view is I never had a problem with people marrying the people they love but I still need the law in front of me to make that change,” Forman said. “Whatever I am going to do I am going to follow the law.”
If Forman decides to grant same-sex marriage licenses, he is certain to face a legal challenge that will force his office to spend time and money defending his decision. The Christian Family Coalition, a group that opposes same-sex marriage, was scheduled to hold a presser at the Broward courthouse earlier today.
With various same-sex marriage cases winding their way through Florida courts, Forman could take a cautious path and decide to wait for additional court rulings.
Forman won’t face political repercussions for his decision because he has already announced he plans to retire in 2016. A Democrat, Forman never lost a race since he joined the Hallandale City Commission in 1973 -- he later served as a county commissioner and state senator before winning the Clerk’s job in 2000.