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Florida Judge Rules State's Ban On Same-Sex Marriage Unconstitutional Published: July 17, 2014

A Florida judge ruled Thursday that the state’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples is unconstitutional — issuing an order that applies only to Monroe County, which covers the Keys, according to BuzzFeed.

Circuit Judge Luis M. Garcia said the state’s 2008 voter-approved constitutional ban on marriage for same-sex couples violates the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

“This court is aware that the majority of voters oppose same-sex marriage, but it is our country’s proud history to protect the rights of the individual, the rights of the unpopular and the rights of the powerless, even at the cost of offending the majority,” Garcia wrote in his ruling. “… All laws passed whether by the legislature or by popular support must pass the scrutiny of the United States Constitution, to do otherwise diminishes the Constitution to just a historical piece of paper.”

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