Family Law in West Palm Beach may be seeing some changes as same sex marriage becomes a more plausible possibility. A 2008 Florida Vote ruled same sex marriage to be banned in the State. Since the vote, Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and Monroe counties overturned the ban. The fight certainly continues for those who are fighting for justice for same sex marriages.
On August 2014, a same sex couple seeking a dissolution of marriage challenged the system when their petition to dissolve was rejected by a Florida judge. The case was filed in Hillsborough County and the judge noted that the state law does not recognize gay marriage. They were married in the State of Massachusetts.
“Resolution of the constitutional questions will no doubt impact far more individuals than the two involved here,” states the unsigned opinion. “And there can be little doubt that until the constitutional questions are finally resolved by the Florida Supreme Court or the United States Supreme Court, there will be a great impact on the proper administration of justice in Florida.”
At this point the Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has asked judges to stop ruling on same-sex marriage cases until the U.S. Supreme Court decides whether states gay marriage ban can be upheld or not. The request however has yet to ruled on. In Florida, no marriage licenses have been issued. They have either been appealed or judges have issued a stay to delay the effect of the ruling.
Many in the legal field are being asked to weigh in on the issue. It’s certain that it will effect more than just the State of Florida.
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