SCOTUS decision today on DOMA may affect Florida gay marriage ban

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The clock might be ticking on Florida’s gay marriage ban, News-Press.com reports.

Although it would not directly affect the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, LGBT activists are carefully watching the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act. A decision is expected by the end of June.

Arlene Goldberg, president of Visuality in Fort Myers, a center which councils lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender teens, believes the SCOTUS will negate the DOMA ban. Last year, Florida passed a resolution refusing to acknowledge same-sex marriages “entered into in any jurisdiction.”

If DOMA is found unconstitutional, says Goldberg, it is only a matter of time before the ban is lifted in Florida. 

“We have an election coming up for governor, and if a Democrat gets in there or a less conservative Republican, we might see it. I can’t imagine (Florida) wouldn’t follow suit,” Goldberg told reporters at News-Press.com. “I have a gut feeling about it, and my gut feelings usually are right.”

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