The State Of Same-Sex Marriage In Florida

Law360, New York (October 21, 2014, 5:23 PM EDT) -- In 1977, on the heels of Anita Bryant's "Save Our Children" campaign, Florida enacted statutes banning same-sex unions and adoption of children by same-sex couples. Initially, the ban on same-sex unions came in the form of an addition to the marriage license requirements that prevented a marriage license from being issued to two persons of the same gender. § 741.04, Florida Statutes. This statute remains in force today.

Twenty years later, in 1997, the Florida Legislature enacted Section 741.212 of the Florida Statutes defining "marriage" as only meaning "a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife."...

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