Good for you, Florida! From the Miami Herald:
For same-sex couples waiting, some of them for years, to wed in Florida, the big day came Monday.
The ban that had kept them from marrying met its end, perhaps permanently, in Miami-Dade County on Monday afternoon — and overnight elsewhere in the state — after a years-long battle over what advocates have called a fundamental civil right.
Crying tears of joy and relief, men and women who had challenged the ban leaped to their feet and shrieked with joy inside downtown Miami’s historic courthouse Monday morning when a judge ruled with little fanfare that the couples could marry right away. They would have otherwise had to wait until after midnight Tuesday, when another judge’s ruling took effect statewide…[Judge] Zabel declared Florida’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional in July. But she stayed her decision, pending appeal.
In August, U.S. District Judge Robert N. Hinkle of Tallahassee also overturned the ban. But Hinkle, who was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1996, stayed his decision till the end of the day Monday to provide time for legal appeals. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, a Republican who vigorously defended the ban, sought extensions of the stay from the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. Both turned her down.
Bondi’s office appeared to concede defeat Monday afternoon…
Much more at the link.
In more partisan reactions, this electoral cycle’s Bush Clan candidate attempted, as he has for the past twenty years, to have it both ways. Per NYMag:
… Jeb Bush marked the occasion by tweaking his non-committal stance on the issue. When asked about the issue while exiting a golf course on Sunday, Bush appeared to be opposed to the state judge’s ruling. “It ought be a local decision. I mean, a state decision,” he said, “The state decided. The people of the state decided. But it’s been overturned by the courts, I guess.” However, when asked today if supports challenging the ruling, Bush told the New York Times, “regardless of our disagreements, we have to respect the rule of law.”…
Like many politicians, Bush’s tone on gay rights used to be much more harsh. On Monday BuzzFeed unearthed a editorial Bush wrote in 1994, during an unsuccessful gubernatorial campaign, in which he responded to a Miami Herald piece that called him a bigot for his views on homosexuality. While Bush argues against discriminating against homosexuals, he concludes, “should sodomy be elevated to the same constitutional status as race and religion? My answer is No. We have enough special categories, enough victims, without creating even more.”…
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) January 5, 2015
evolving as it becomes politically expedient congratulating the happy couples, what’s on the agenda for the day?