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FLORIDA ALLOWS SAME SEX MARRIAGE

♠ Posted by Marc Soss at Tuesday, January 13, 2015
On August 21st, 2014, the U.S. District Court Judge, in the case of Brenner v. Scott, ruled that Florida’s constitutional and statutory bans on same-sex marriage were unconstitutional.  As a result, same-sex couples living in Florida are now able to marry.  The case is now on appeal with the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. This case is a huge win for same-sex couples, especially for the many same-sex spouses that live in states which already recognize same-sex marriage and desire to relocate to Florida.  Prior to this ruling, these couples faced many legal challenges, including legal issues with intestacy, parenting, estate planning, probate and adoption.  These couples can now have peace of mind as they move forward to become “snowbirds.”