Same-Sex Marriage to be Legalized in Florida


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Howard Simon, executive director of ACLU, expands on today’s Federal Court ruling on same-sex marriage ban as unconstitutional because it violates due process and equal protection inside ACLU’s Miami office.

Sabrina Ochoa, Editor-in-Chief

One of the most controversial topics of discussion has been, and always will be, same-sex marriages. On Thursday, August 21, 2014, a federal judge proclaimed that Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. As the issue of same-sex marriage spreads throughout the nation, state after state has changed its laws in response to the large protests. The issue was first raised due to the heightening frequency of lawsuits pertaining to marriage licenses for same-sex couples.

US Federal Judge Robert L. Hinkle is defending his belief on the basis that the ban is much like a general discrimination. Governor Rick Scott has supported the ban, with statements that recognizing heterosexual marriage as “traditional.” Scott’s spokesperson confirms that there are several cases in the legislative process regarding the issue at hand. Supporters of same-sex marriage argue that it is their constitutional right to obtain equal rights and protection without any opposition due to discrimination. At the moment 19 states have legalized same-sex marriages, allowing equal access to social security, insurance, a marriage license, despite their race, gender or sexual orientation.

“With the ruling on the ban considered unconstitutional, it paves the path for the legalization of it one day, and that day, for me and millions of others will be a future date to celebrate,” junior John Fernandez said.

According to USA Today, US Attorney General Pam Bondi argues that marriage is based on procreation. To which, Hinkle responded that not all “traditionally” married couples choose to procreate, falsifying Bondi statements.

Mandated by the court, Bondi has until September 22, 2014 to prove that a certain case is ill-fit of being considered legally-recognized, or the judge’s ruling will be final, as reported by the Miami Herald.

“I have always supported gay marriage. I think anyone should have the opportunity to spend a lifetime with the person they love and ‘legalize’ their love regardless of their sexual orientation,” stated senior Natalie Escalona.

Same-sex marriage, accepted by a portion of society, continues to be an issue due to stagnant  reform, and eventually, if not resolved, will result in everlasting malicious relationships between opposing parties.