Marriage equality comes to Florida | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Marriage equality comes to Florida

Posted By on Thu, Aug 21, 2014 at 2:49 PM

A federal judge has ruled Florida's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. The nearly unbroken honor roll continues. 

Time for Arkansas courts — state Supreme and federal district — to get off their duffs and onto the right side of history with Chris Piazza.

The Florida federal judge's ruling joins rulings by four state court judges in Arkansas. He said the ban would someday be viewed in the same way earlier bans on interracial marriage are viewed. Wrote Judge Robert Hinkle:

"When observers look back 50 years from now, the arguments supporting Florida's ban on same-sex marriage, though just as sincerely held, will again seem an obvious pretext for discrimination," Hinkle wrote in a 33-page ruling. "To paraphrase a civil rights leader from the age when interracial marriage was struck down, the arc of history is long, but it bends toward justice."

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