On January 5, 2015, Judge Sarah Zabel, of the 11th Circuit Court in and for Miami-Dade County, lifted the stay on the order she had issued on July 25, 2014, which found the ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. The plaintiffs in the case, along with other residents of the county, were able to obtain their marriage licenses immediately afterward, and two of the plaintiff couples were wed shortly thereafter by Judge Zabel herself. Click here to read the ruling!
On January 1st, Federal district court Judge Robert L. Hinkle confirmed his marriage ruling in another case, Grimsley and Albu v. Scott et al., in a new order stating that clerks of ALL Florida counties must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples after his stay expires end of day January 5th. His order also instructed all state and local agencies that they must recognize any same-sex couple that was legally married in another state or country as being legally married under Florida law, and that any protections and rights afforded to such spouses must also be available to such married same-sex couples.
Elizabeth F. Schwartz is proud to be one of the attorneys representing the plaintiffs in the Miami-Dade case, Pareto v. Ruvin, where the Judge ruled in favor of ending the discriminatory ban. Click here to learn more about the case.