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Florida Judge Denies Anti-Gay Groups' Motion to Intervene in Marriage Lawsuit

Circuit Court Judge Sarah Zabel denied a motion by three anti-gay groups to intervente in the lawsuit challenging Florida's ban on gay marriage, Equality Florida reports:

FloridaThe groups include Florida Family Action, Inc. (FFAI), Florida Democratic League Inc. (FDL) and People United to Lead the Struggle for Equality, Inc. (PULSE)—groups that support the discriminatory marriage laws at issue in the case.

Denying their request to be parties in the case, Judge Zabel found that these groups did not have a concrete legal interest in the case because they “will not be directly and immediately affected if others enter into a same-sex marriage, or are prevented from entering into a same-sex marriage.”

The court also noted that the “validity of their own marriages will not be affected,” adding that if these groups could enter the case as parties simply because they have strong beliefs about the issues in the case, “so would anyone who has a strongly held belief regarding the constitutionality of the Amendment and statutes at issue in this suit.”

“Today Judge Zabel reached the proper conclusion in denying extremists seeking a platform for their anti-gay rhetoric the right to intervene in this case,” said Nadine Smith, CEO of Equality Florida Institute, one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit. “This lawsuit is about fundamental, constitutionally protected rights that are violated by a measure that does real harm to our families. We look forward to the day when Florida joins the 19 other states and the District of Columbia, where judges have come to the conclusion that such a ban is indefensible.”

You can read the judge's order here.

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  1. YES!!! One step towards our march to equality in Florida!

    Posted by: Dr. Christopher Blackwell | Jun 3, 2014 6:58:42 PM


  2. Brilliant defense by the judge! It's about time the NOMs, the FRCs & all the other h8 groups listened; my marriage has absolutely no impact on theirs. My marriage to another man I have loved & been unable to marry until last month doesn't diminish theirs in any way.

    Posted by: DamFine | Jun 3, 2014 7:48:29 PM


  3. Coddling bigotry is not in the best interest of the State -- see Nancy Grace/Anita Bryant.

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Jun 3, 2014 8:06:27 PM


  4. People United to Lead the Struggle for Equality, Inc is one of the groups OPPOSING marriage equality?

    Are you SHITIN' me?

    You can always count on conservatives to name their policies and organizations the absolute opposite of what they are.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Jun 3, 2014 9:00:48 PM


  5. isn't Florida AG also defending this case? Why outside groups had to step in? It is confusing.

    Posted by: simon | Jun 3, 2014 9:02:04 PM


  6. SUPPORT LGBT ROMANIA, SIGN THEIR PETITION TO LEGALIZE EQUAL MARRIAGE:
    http://www.petitieonline.com/vrem_parteneriat_civil_in_romania
    Help to sign: prenume=first name; nume=family name; oras=city; tara=country.
    Also can use Google to search “vrem parteneriat” and translate the site into English.
    You’ll receive a mail and have to click on link to confirm.

    Posted by: Enrique Esteban | Jun 4, 2014 3:01:34 AM


  7. SUPPORT LGBT ROMANIA, SIGN THEIR PETITION TO LEGALIZE EQUAL MARRIAGE:
    http://www.petitieonline.com/vrem_parteneriat_civil_in_romania
    Help to sign: prenume=first name; nume=family name; oras=city; tara=country.
    Also can use Google to search “vrem parteneriat” and translate the site into English.
    You’ll receive a mail and have to click on link to confirm.

    Posted by: Enrique Esteban | Jun 4, 2014 3:01:35 AM


  8. You know the other side realizes they don't have a leg to stand on when they deceptively name their organization "People United to Lead the Struggle for Equality, Inc."

    When you have to resort to obfuscation right out of the gate, you've already lost the argument.

    Nice try, bigots. Now go sit down and shut the hell up, please.

    Posted by: DavidinMA (@DavidinMA) | Jun 4, 2014 6:48:40 AM


  9. Just wonder why Judge Kennedy has taken so long. The NOM's brief should have been rejected. He must be quite busy if he has to read all the briefs sent by trolls.

    Posted by: simon | Jun 4, 2014 9:31:37 AM


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