Broward County judge rules same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

A Broward County judge has ruled Florida's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.
 
This is the third judge to issue the ruling in Florida over the past couple weeks, following judges in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties.
 
Judge Dale Cohen issued the ruling in the case involving Heather Brassner and Megan Lade Monday afternoon.  Brassner had filed a lawsuit seeking a divorce in Florida after entering into a civil union in Vermont.
 
Judge Cohen said he was not prepared to grant the divorce without addressing the constitutionality of same-sex marriage in the state of Florida.
 
His ruling overturns the same-sex marriage ban in Broward County, while also recognizing out-of-state same-sex marriages.
 
“Every win in court brings us closer than we’ve ever been to the freedom to marry in Florida,” said Nadine Smith, CEO of Equality Florida. 
 
A stay has been ordered in both Miami-Dade and Monroe counties while the state appeals.
 
Attorney General Pam Bondi will likely also appeal the Broward County ruling.
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