Does Gay Marriage impose significant public harm to the people of Florida?
Florida’s attorney general says it does. According to the Associated Press: The attorney general of Florida says in court documents that recognizing same sex marriages performed in other states would “impose significant public harm.”
Eight gay couples and the American Civil Liberties Union have sued the state in federal court. The lawsuit argues Florida is discriminating against the couples by not recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other states where they are legal.
Attorney General Pam Bondi has filed a response that asks a federal judge to throw out the lawsuit.
Bondi’s office says the state has a legitimate interest in defining a marriage as between a man and woman because Florida’s voters adopted an amendment in 2008 that banned same-sex marriages.
The filing also says same-sex marriage recognition would create significant problems for the state’s pension and health insurance programs.
Today on Last Call, Rob Lorei speaks with Nadine Smith the CEO of Equality Florida which advocates on behalf of the GLBT community here in Florida.