Back in 2015 the Florida Supreme Court and the US Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage. Yet, the Florida State legislature, to date has yet to repeal the state statues that prohibit the recognition of same sex marriages. In 2022 SB 168 was introduced but was not passed that would delete the prohibition on the recognition of same sex marriages.
My question is why?
Why does Florida continue to hold onto state statues which are discriminatory. All citizens should be treated equally under the law. And the US Supreme Court in 2015 held that the 14th Amendment requires that the freedom of choice to marry not be restricted by discriminations and therefore it granted same-sex marriages stating that marriage is “a fundamental right that all couples are entitled for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family […] They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The [US] Constitution grants them that right.” Marriage is a legal witness to the loving bond between two people in a safe environment. With all the hate in the world why would a state put roadblocks to love?
As the Beatles said “Love is all you need”. Why not recognize the commitment two people, of the same sex, have for one another?
To follow the proposed bill’s status go to: https://flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2022/168