There is no doubt that the political climate surrounding same-sex marriage and gay rights is changing in the United States. Here in Florida, the right to marry was recently extended to same-sex couples who not only have the right to wed but now have the right to legally divorce their spouse as well. Despite this shift though, there are still some legal issues facing same-sex couples in our state. One such issue is that of adoption.
In January, we reported that six couples filed a lawsuit in Miami challenging Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage. Last Wednesday another lawsuit was filed -- this time the litigation is filed in federal court in Tallahassee. The recent federal litigation is being brought on behalf of eight same-sex couples who were married in jurisdictions that recognize same-sex unions.
Over the past several months, we have covered a number of developments in the arena of LGBT family law. Progress in this regard has moved very quickly in some ways, but has lagged in others. However, a recent announcement from the U.S. Department of Justice has been seen by many observers as an important step forward for married same-sex couples nationwide.
Over the last few years, the issue of same-sex marriage has swept across the country. As a number of states have legalized unions between same-sex couples, observers in Florida believe that similar movement might be coming to the Sunshine State.
Same-sex marriage has been one of the most prominent family law issues during the last several years. A growing number of states are approving unions between gay and lesbian couples, but Florida only recognizes marriage between opposite-sex couples. However, nothing can stop Florida residents from traveling to one of the states where they can legally be married.
This year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on multiple family law cases that could have an effect on thousands of people throughout the country. Among those decisions, the court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibited access to many federal benefits and tax breaks for same-sex partners. Now, many government organizations are determining how the ruling impacts their operations.