Effective tomorrow (today in Miami-Dade County) full marriage equality is the law of the land in Florida … at least for now. The ruling (and then clarified ruling) from Federal Judge Hinkle dictates that the now infamous 2008 Florida Amendment 2 passage declaring as part of the Florida Constitution that marriage can only be recognized as between One Man and One Woman is itself Unconstitutional at the Federal Level, and thus must be considered null and void. Couples have already begun marrying in Miami-Dade County at the time of this writing, which makes me smile to no end. It also means that this map now needs an update.
While this ruling could still potentially be overturned by a Supreme Court Ruling declaring that Marriage Equality is in fact not guaranteed under the rights put forth in the Constitution of the United States, for now Florida can say that it’s caught up to the other 35 States that recognize the fact that loves knows no gender or sexual boundaries between fully informed, consenting individuals. I’m still not proud to live in a State that voted to deny this right, but I am beyond thrilled that such bigotry and narrow-mindedness is at least being overturned.
Maybe someday Polyamory will see a similar social acceptance, and marriages will be extended beyond the basic couple structure. Only time will tell …
Stay SINful, friends.