Response to Motion to Dismiss Marriage Recognition Lawsuit

340a918eaab711e38ecd12c5c4545846_8.jpgThe American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida has filed a response to the state of Florida’s motion to dismiss the ACLU and SAVE's lawsuit challenging Florida’s ban on the recognition of the marriages of same-sex couples.

The lawsuit, filed in March 2014, challenges the state’s refusal to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples performed out of state. It names Florida Governor Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi, and two other state officials as defendants.

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“Florida's discriminatory laws cause serious harm to real families across the state,” said ACLU of Florida staff attorney Daniel Tilley, who is lead counsel in the case. “Despite the state's assertion that the harms to same-sex married couples aren't significant enough to warrant relief, the families living every day being treated like legal strangers by their home state know better.”

"As the voice of South Florida's LGBT community, we at SAVE know this issue affects many loving, committed same-sex couples married elsewhere but currently living in Florida," explained SAVE Executive Director Tony Lima, "and that's why we're confident the state will fail before the court in its motion to avoid the issue by having the case dismissed."

The ACLU of Florida’s response, filed with the Court on May 27th, says that the state’s motion to dismiss largely ignores the U.S. Supreme Court’s majority opinion last year in U.S. v. Windsor, the ACLU case in which the Supreme Court struck down the federal “Defense of Marriage Act.”

A copy of the response is available here: http://aclufl.org/resources/grimsley-v-scott-response-to-motion-to-dismiss/

For more information about the case, including ways to get involved, go to: www.savedade.org/savemarriage.

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