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US: Florida’s same-sex marriage ban struck down for a fourth time

Katie Dupere August 6, 2014
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A fourth Florida county judge has found the state’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional.

South Florida Judge Diana Lewis only ruled regarding a specific probate case in which a Pennsylvania man, who died in March, left his estate to a man whom he married in Delaware.

This includes property in Palm Beach County, which the man’s partner was not legally entitled to under Florida law because their marriage was not recognised by the state.

The judge ruled on Tuesday that the state’s same-sex marriage ban is in violation of the US Constitution.

She also ruled that state laws preventing the recognition of same-sex partnerships performed in other states is unlawful.

A Florida Keys judge ruled in favour of same-sex marriage on 17 July.

A Miami-Dade County judge overturned Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage on 26 July.

A Broward County judge overturned the ban on Monday.

In late July, the 3rd District Court of Appeals refused to allow same-sex marriage licenses to be issued while state appeals are being processed.

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