Florida Judge Strikes Down Gay Marriage Ban As Unconstitutional

A Broward County judge ruled Florida’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional on Monday. Broward Circuit Judge Dale Cohen issued the decision. Cohen is the third Florida circuit court judge in less than three weeks to strike down the state’s ban. “To discriminate based on sexual orientation, to deny families equality, to stigmatize children and spouses, to hold some couples less worthy of legal benefits than others based on their sexual orientation is against all that this country holds dear, as it denies equal citizenship,” Cohen wrote in his decision. “Marriage is a well recognized fundamental right, all people should be entitled to enjoy its benefits.”

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