LGBT Rights
1:12 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Six Same-Sex Couples Sue For The Right To Marry In Florida

Credit Arianna Prothero / WLRN

Six couples from South Florida are legally challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

Same-sex couples have never been allowed to marry in Florida. But six years ago a majority of voters chose to amend the state constitution to ban gay marriage.

Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, attorney Shannon Minter argued minority rights should never be put up to a popular vote.

"It is uniquely and historically, in our democratic constitutional system, the role of the courts to enforce the guarantees of equal protection and due process," Minter said. "And when majorities enact laws that take rights away from minorities, the courts have been the ones to step up and correct that."

Minter is one of the attorneys representing the plaintiffs, which include the six couples and gay-rights group Equality Florida.

The movement to amend the state's constitution to define marriage between a man and a woman was led by Florida Family Policy Council, a group based in Orlando.

The organization vowed to defend the 2008 constitutional amendment and released a statement Tuesday saying Floridians have already spoken decisively on the issue.

You can read more from the Miami Herald.com.