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Orlando city council supports overturning same-sex marriage ban

Monday, June 23, 2014
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ORLANDO, Fla. — Orlando’s city council has voted to support overturning Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Buddy Dyer

Orlando, Fla., Mayor Buddy Dyer

City council members approved Mayor Buddy Dyer’s proposal to file a friend of the court brief in a lawsuit set for a hearing early next month in Miami.

The lawsuit is challenging the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, claiming it violates the U.S. Constitution.

“The City of Orlando is incredibly proud of the steps we’ve taken, including the implementation of the City’s domestic partnership registry, that have made Orlando one of the most inclusive cities in America,” said Dyer, in a statement.

“Our city remains committed to equality, and we understand this serves as an additional economic development tool as our community looks to attract talented, creative people and employers and create jobs for all of our residents,” he added.

Orlando has a domestic partnership registry, and the same-sex partners of city workers are eligible for health insurance from the city.

The brief will be filed with Florida courts where four marriage equality cases are pending in the state.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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