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Could landmark adoption ruling clear the way for same sex marriage in Florida?

11:40 PM, Nov 7, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A landmark ruling in a Florida adoption case could have major legal implications for the state.

One local lawyer says it opens the door for same-sex marriage here.

The first sentence of the ruling reads, "The intangible fibers that connect parent and child have infinite variety." 

It speaks volumes to family attorney Carrington Meade.

"I think it should drive home a very firm message to folks that everyone needs to get with the program," she said.

A lesbian woman with a child of her own, she says this decision will change the way families are made in the state.

"Florida is way behind the grade. So we've had to deal with family formations of all sorts," she said.

The 73 page ruling on a child custody case makes the point that same-sex couples should have all the same rights as heterosexual couples using a surrogate to start a family.

She says the same argument can be made for same-sex marriage.

"Some of the same principles that came up in this, that the court hung its hat on are the same principals involved in the prohibition on same sex marriage," she said.

The wording in this ruling says discriminating against same-sex couples is unconstitutional.

"Going on that, I think to prohibit folks from being married, just because, could easily be proven irrational," she said. 

While Meade says she's celebrating this decision, there's still a long way to go.

"Everyone deserves to be treated fairly and equally," she said.

Same sex marriage is legal in 15 states, with Illinois likely to be next.


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