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US: Federal judge rules Florida’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

Katie Dupere August 21, 2014

A federal judge has today declared Florida’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional.

District Judge Robert Hinkle ruled the 2008 voter-approved ban is in violation of the constitutional guarantee of equal protection and due process.

The judge immediately stayed his ruling pending appeals.

The stay means no same-sex marriages will occur in the state as of now.

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 4 August.

A South Florida judge struck down the ban on 6 August.

On 8 August, Florida asked for no further rulings to be made on the marriage ban until the US Supreme Court makes a broader decision.

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