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Pareto v. Ruvin

Pareto v. Ruvin is a challenge to Florida's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, filed Jan. 21, 2014, in Miami-Dade Circuit Court by the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) on behalf of Equality Florida Institute and six same-sex couples. The case was argued on July 2, 2014. On July 25, 2014, Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel overturned the ban in a ruling that applies to Miami-Dade County only; the decision was put on hold pending appeal.

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Fla. court rejects Bondi’s request to delay same-sex marriage appeals

| Thursday, August 28, 2014
Marriage equality supports gather outside a Florida courthouse on July 2, 2014.
MIAMI -- A Miami-based appeals court has rejected Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi's request that two same-sex marriage cases be delayed until the U.S. Supreme Court decides the issue nationally. The 3rd District Court of Appeal ruled Thursday that the cases from Miami-Dade and Monroe counties will move forward.

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Same-sex marriage ban struck down for Miami area, ruling put on hold

| Friday, July 25, 2014
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MIAMI -- A Florida judge on Friday overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage in a ruling that applies to Miami-Dade County, agreeing with a judge in another county who made a similar ruling last week. The ruling issued by Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel mirrors the decision made earlier by Monroe County Circuit Judge Luis Garcia. Both judges found the...

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Sides square off in court over Florida’s same-sex marriage ban

| Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Marriage equality supporters rally outside a Miami-Dad courthouse on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, where a judge was holding a hearing on a challenge to Florida's same-sex marriage ban.
MIAMI -- Attorneys for six same-sex couples, the state of Florida and proponents of so-called traditional marriage squared off Wednesday in a lawsuit seeking to overturn a ban on same-sex marriage enshrined in the state constitution by voters in 2008. Like similar cases filed across the country, the Florida gay couples' lawsuit contends that the ban is discriminatory ...

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Miami court to hear challenge to Fla. same-sex marriage ban

| Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Plaintiffs in Equality Florida’s challenge to Florida’s gay marriage ban.
MIAMI -- Attorneys for six same-sex couples, the Equality Florida Institute and the state of Florida are squaring off at a hearing on a lawsuit challenging Florida's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel is scheduled Wednesday afternoon to hear arguments in the high-profile case.

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Former Fla. governor Charlie Crist files brief in support of marriage equality

| Monday, June 30, 2014
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MIAMI -- Former Florida governor Charlie Crist on Friday filed an amicus brief in support of the marriage equality in a lawsuit challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage. The suit, Pareto v. Ruvin, was filed in January in Miami-Dade Circuit Court on behalf of Equality Florida Institute and six same-sex couples, and is one of four lawsuits challenging ...

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Fla. AG seeks to defend same-sex marriage ban in two additional lawsuits

| Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Attorney General Pam Bondi (R-Fla.)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, whose strong defense of the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in federal court has already prompted sharp criticism, is moving to defend the ban in two other lawsuits pending in state courts. Bondi's office on Tuesday filed motions to intervene in lawsuits that had been filed ...

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Fla. judge says three anti-gay groups can’t intervene in same-sex marriage suit

| Tuesday, June 3, 2014
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MIAMI -- A judge in Florida ruled Tuesday that three anti-gay groups who oppose marriage equality for same-sex couples cannot intervene as parties in a state court lawsuit challenging Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage. Circuit Court Judge Sarah Zabel said the groups cannot enter the case as parties simply because they have strong beliefs about same-sex marriage.

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Plaintiffs in Fla. gay marriage suit ask court to rule ban is unconstitutional

| Thursday, May 1, 2014
Plaintiffs in Equality Florida's challenge to Florida's gay marriage ban.
MIAMI -- Plaintiffs challenging Florida’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage asked a state court on Thursday to rule that the ban is unconstitutional.

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Plaintiffs challenging Fla. gay marriage ban to attend White House Easter event

| Saturday, April 19, 2014
Vanessa (left) and Melanie Alenier.
A lesbian couple who are among the plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging Florida's constitutional ban on same marriage, have been invited to participate in the annual White House Easter Egg Roll with their 5-year-old son.

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Groups defend Florida’s same-sex marriage ban, want lawsuit dismissed

| Friday, March 28, 2014
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MIAMI -- A coalition of black and Hispanic civil rights groups and pastors is challenging the grounds of a lawsuit that seeks to overturn Florida's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

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