Brenner v. Scott
Brenner v. Scott is a federal lawsuit filed Feb. 28, 2104, in U.S. District Court in Tallahassee, challenging Florida's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. The plaintiffs, Jim Brenner and Chuck Jones, are a same-sex couple who married in Canada in 2009, seeking to have their marriage recognized in the state of Florida. On March 18, 2014, Steve Schlariet and Ozzie Russ, an unmarried same-sex couple from Chipley, Fla., joined the suit, and the challenge was expanded to include unmarried, same-sex couples seeking the freedom to marry.
A second federal challenge Grimsley v. Scott, filed March 12, 2014, was ordered consolidated by consent with Brenner v. Scott.
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- Wednesday, January 7, 2015Almost 1,400 gay and lesbian couples were issued marriage licenses in 28 of Florida's most-populous counties in the two days since a ban on same-sex marriage was lifted.
- Monday, January 5, 2015Florida's ban on marriages between same-sex couples is headed for a midnight end, with wedding vows planned around the state.
- Sunday, January 4, 2015Steve Schlariet and Ozzie Russ say they never sought the spotlight of social activism, the spotlight found them. In March, 2014, the couple joined a lawsuit seeking marriage equality in Florida.
- Saturday, January 3, 2015On Feb. 28, 2014, Jim Brenner and Chuck Jones did something that is about to make history: They filed the civil-rights lawsuit that on Tuesday will allow same-sex couples across Florida to get married.
- Friday, January 2, 2015Court clerks across Florida will issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples beginning January 6, but more than a dozen clerks will end all courthouse weddings to avoid officiating same-sex ceremonies.
- Thursday, January 1, 2015A federal judge on Thursday ruled that all Florida court clerks are bound by the U.S. Constitution not to enforce Florida's same-sex marriage ban and that any couple seeking a license on Tuesday should receive one. …
- Monday, December 29, 2014Attorney General Pam Bondi has asked a federal judge to clarify whether clerks in all counties can issue marriage licenses to gay couples starting next week.
- Wednesday, December 24, 2014The county at the center of Florida's same-sex marriage debate is asking a federal judge to clarify his order and scope of ruling declaring the state's gay marriage ban unconstitutional.
- Friday, December 19, 2014Marriage equality is coming to Florida... the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday refused to extend a stay past Jan. 5 of a federal judge's ruling striking down the state's same-sex marriage ban.
- Friday, December 19, 2014Secretary, Florida Department of Health v. Brenner/Grimsley (Florida Supreme Court application for stay); Plaintiffs' file oppositions to ttay