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    Nobody can keep up. These are the two best sources I have. Lots of state suits, including full marriage equality, and one Federal suit for recognition of marriages from elsewhere. I believe that Tennessee, Mississippi, and Nebraska are the only other target states lacking full Federal Marriage Equality lawsuits.

    Freedom to Marry: Florida

    Huntsman v. Heavilin: Today's decision in state district court.

    Brenner v. Scott
    (Consolidated with Grimsley and Albu v. Scott)

    What's Happening:

    Two federal marriage cases seeking respect for marriages legally performed in other states have been consolidated by a federal judge, and motions for summary judgment have been filed.

    Grimsley and Albu v. Scott was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida on March 13, 2014 on behalf of SAVE, an LGBT organization in Miami and eight married same-sex couples seeking respect for their marriages legally performed in other states. Brenner v. Scott was filed by private counsel on March 6, 2014 on behalf of a same-sex couple who married in Canada and now live in Tallahassee. The couple is seeking legal respect in Florida for their marriage license, and have named Gov. Rick Scott and FL Attorney General Bondi in their lawsuit.

    On April 30, the ACLU of Florida filed a motion for preliminary injunction asking the court to immediately stop enforcing laws barring legal respect for marriages between same-sex couples, adding a recently-widowed Ft. Myers woman, Arlene Goldberg, as a plaintiff in the lawsuit.

    Case Background:

    The lead plaintiffs in Grimsley are Sloan Grimsley and Joyce Albu, who work as a firefighter and a consultant assisting parents of children with developmental disorders, respectively. The women have been together for nine years, married in New York in 2011, and are raising a 2-year-old child together. The plaintiffs are James Brenner and Charles Jones, who married in Canada in September 2009 and have been together since 1988. Brenner works for the Florida Forest Service and Jones is employed by the state's Department of Education.

    Pareto v. Ruvin

    What's Happening:

    On July 2, 2014, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel heard oral arguments on a motion for summary judgment in this state lawsuit with federal claims filed by the National Center for Lesbian Rights and the Equality Florida Institute. The case is now awaiting a ruling.

    Case Background:

    On January 21, 2014, the National Center for Lesbian Rights and the Equality Florida Institute filed a lawsuit in state court with federal claims on behalf of six same-sex couples seeking the freedom to marry in Florida. The lawsuit argues that laws in Florida that restrict marriage to different-sex couples violate the United States Constitution's commitment to equal protection under the law.

    The plaintiffs hail from Miami and the surrounding area. They include: Catherina Pareto and Karla Arguello, together for 14 years and raising a young son; Dr. Juan Carlos Rodriguez and David Price, together for 18 years and raising young twins; Vanessa and Melanie Alenier, together for 8 years and raising a child; Todd and Jeff Delmay, together for 11 years and raising a young son; Summer Greene and Pamela Faerber, grandparents who have been together for 25 years; and Don Price Johnston and Jorge Isaias Diaz, who recently got engaged.

    Dousset v. Florida Atlantic University

    What's Happening:

    On May 14, 2014, a gay man filed a state lawsuit in the District Court of Appeal for the Fourth District in Florida asking the state to respect his marriage to a man in order to pay "in-state" tuition rates at Florida Atlantic University.

    Case Background:

    The plaintiff in the case is Gildas Dousset, a student at FAU who legally married his spouse, Paul Rubio, in Massachusetts in 2013. Dousset applied for in-state tuition as the spouse of a Florida resident, but he was denied because the university does not respect his marriage.

    Shaw v. Shaw

    What's Happening:

    On March 17, 2014, a same-sex couple filed a petition for the dissolution of their marriage in Florida. The petition requests recognition for their out-of-state marriage for the purpose of filing the divorce and, additionally, challenges the constitutionality of Florida’s ban on same-sex couples from marrying. A brief hearing occurred on March 27, with additional argument scheduled for April 22.

    Case Background:

    The uncontested divorce petition was filed in Hillsborough County, Florida Circuit Court on behalf of Mariama Shaw and Keiba Shaw, who married in Massachusetts. Under Florida law, it is unclear whether the plaintiffs' out-of-state marriage can be terminated, because Florida does not respect marriages between same-sex couples.

    Emphasis mine.

    Marriage Equality USA Lawsuits page

           FLORIDA #2 • On 7 November 2013, in John Becker v. University of Central Florida, a state judge ruled that FL must disclose records showing who approved Associate Professor Mark Regnerus’ anti-LGBT parenting study, how it got published immediately, and why no qualified peers reviewed it.  The Regnerus study is cited more often than any other by anti-LGBT groups worldwide, and Regnerus is scheduled to testify in February that children of same-gender parents are less successful than children of mixed-gender parents in April DeBoer & Jayne Rowse v. MI Governor Rick Snyder, et al. On 22 November 2013, FL hired former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Wells to fight the release of over 50,000 public records related to the publication of the widely discredited Regnerus study. Also, Judge Donald Grincewicz who had handled the case since its start in spring 2013, inexplicably recused himself from further involvement, and an appellate court granted a stay in the case until a replacement judge is appointed.

            FLORIDA #3 • On 26 February 2014, in Catherina Pareto, et al., v. Miami-Dade County Court Clerk Harvey Ruvin, a case challenging the 2008 FL constitutional ban on same-gender marriage, the anti-LGBT hate group Liberty Counsel (author of the ban) requested permission to intervene in the case, along with PULSE (African-American churches), Florida Democratic League (right wing Cuban-Americans), and Florida Family Policy Council (anti-LGBT hate group). On 1 May 2014, the plaintiffs asked a state court to rule that the state’s ban on marriage equality is unconstitutional. In their motion, the six couples and Equality Florida Institute argue that Florida’s ban on marriage equality violates the Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses of the United States Constitution. A hearing has been set for July 2. On 3 June 2014 the request to intervene from the anti-gay groups was denied.

            FLORIDA #4 • On 28 February 2014, in James Domer Brenner & Charles Dean Jones vs. FL Governor Rick Scott, attorneys Bill Shepard and Samuel Jacobson filed a federal suit seeking FL recognition of the couple’s same-gender civil marriage in Canada in 2009. This case was consolidated with Sloan Grimsley & Joyce Albu, et al., v. FL Governor Rick Scott, et al. on 21 April 2014. The consolidated case is James Domer Brenner et al. v. Rick Scott, etc., et al.

            FLORIDA #5  •  On 12 March 2014, in Sloan Grimsley & Joyce Albu, et al., v. FL Governor Rick Scott, et al., ACLU filed a federal lawsuit for 8 same-gender couples and SAVE, challenging the FL ban on recognizing marriage licenses from elsewhere.  This case was consolidated with James Domer Brenner & Charles Dean Jones vs. FL Governor Rick Scott on 21 April 2014. The consolidated case is James Domer Brenner et al. v. Rick Scott, etc., et al.

         FLORIDA #4 & #5 • On 24 April 2014 U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle denied a motion by Florida Family Action to intervene in James Domer Brenner et al. v. Rick Scott, etc., et al.

    Emphasis mine.

    FLORIDA #6 on that page is again the case decided today, except that a Georgia case got interpolated in the text.
    Florida #1 went away. The rest of the numbering is inconsistent.

    Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

    by Mokurai on Thu Jul 17, 2014 at 02:09:37 PM PDT

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