Six Couples File Suit Challenging Florida’s Gay Marriage Ban

Six same-sex couples and Equality Florida Institute filed a lawsuit today in Miami challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage, NCLR reports:

FloridaThe couples are from Miami and the surrounding area. Four of the couples are raising children, and another couple has an adult child and two grandchildren. The couples are: Catherina Pareto and Karla Arguello; Dr. Juan Carlos Rodriguez and David Price; Vanessa and Melanie Alenier; Todd and Jeff Delmay; Summer Greene and Pamela Faerber; and Don Price Johnston and Jorge Isaias Diaz. They are represented by the law firm Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, attorney Elizabeth F. Schwartz, attorney Mary B. Meeks, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR).

Said Equality Florida Institute Chief Executive Officer Nadine Smith: “Today the majority of Floridians stand with us as we take this historic step toward marriage equality in the Sunshine State. These couples have been embraced by their families and communities, but every day, Florida laws are denying them the protections and dignity that every family deserves. These harmful laws are outdated and out of step. It is time for all families in our state to have full equality under the law.”

NCLR has more information on the plaintiffs at its website.


  1. SpaceCadet says

    About time. Florida is an interesting mix of conservatives and liberals and many other different groups, but I hope for the sizeable gay community in the state that the court rules on the right side of history.

  2. Rich says

    I was wondering when Floridians would get around to filing a suit. My partner and I go to Florida frequently. I can’t say that we’ve ever encountered an issue, but I know that there are a large percentage of rabid homophobes in the State. We’ve considered moving there but have always been put off by the anti-gay laws. We will be able to get married in our home state of Illinois this June. Hopefully, Florida will come around to recognizing marriage equality as well.

  3. dixichuk says

    This is a shock. I thought Alabama and Mississipi would beat us on this. Lived here my whole life. It is a strange state.
    We’ve got the Cuban Mafia, the Grey Panthers, the Gay Panthers, the Glitterati, and the Redneck Riviera. Add Disney, and if nothing else, this will be entertaining. Carl Hiassen summed it up: “The Sunshine State is a paradise of scandals teeming with drifters, deadbeats, and misfits drawn here by some dark primordial calling like demented trout. And you’d be surprised how many of them decide to run for public office.”

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