Issues: Marriage and Relationship Recognition (National Center for Lesbian Rights)
Issues: Marriage, Relationships & Family Protections (Lambda Legal)
Topics: Marriage (Human Rights Campaign)
Ballot Measures by Subject (National Institute on Money in State Politics)
U.S. Census - Same Sex Couples
Federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) - text of 1996 law, bill history, congressional reports
The Potential Budgetary Impact of Recognizing Same-Sex Marriages - Congressional Budget Office, June 21, 2004
Reports from the U.S. Government Accountability Office:
Bibliographies & Other Resources (GLBTRT of the American Library Association)
Same-Sex Marriage: A Selective Bibliography of the Legal Literature (Rutgers Law Library)
American Law Reports provide detailed discussions concerning legal issues with extensive summaries of relevant court cases.
Reference KF 132.A5...
Status of Same-Sex Marriage (Wikipedia)
Housing & Mortgages for Gay & Lesbian Couples "explains the different approaches that same-sex couples can take to getting a mortgage, establishing ownership of a home, and creating legal documents that anticipate any legal or property-ownership issues that might occur if the couple breaks up or one partner dies."
Issues: Marriage Equality (Equality Florida)
ACLU - Domestic Partnerships (American Civil Liberties Union of Florida)
"Comment: For Better or for Worse: A Critical Analysis of Florida's Defense of Marriage Act" by Michael J. Kanotz, Florida State University Law Review, Winter 1998, v.25, pp.439-462
25 Fla.St.U.L.Rev. 439
"Comment: Are Same-Sex Prenuptial Agreements Enforceable in Florida? Posik v. Layton, Law & Policy" by Brett A. Barfield, St. Thomas Law Review, Winter 1998, v.10, pp.407-440
10 St.Thomas L.Rev. 407
Constitutional Amendment 2, 2008:
BE IT ENACTED BY THE PEOPLE OF FLORIDA THAT:
A new section for Article I is hereby created to add the following:
Inasmuch as marriage is the legal union of only one man and one woman as husband and wife, no other legal union that is treated as marriage or the substantial equivalent thereof shall be valid or recognized.
Florida Constitution, Article I, Section 27:
SECTION 27. Marriage defined.--Inasmuch as marriage is the legal union of only one man and one woman as husband and wife, no other legal union that is treated as marriage or the substantial equivalent thereof shall be valid or recognized.
History.--Proposed by Initiative Petition filed with the Secretary of State February 9, 2005; adopted 2008.
Constitutional Amendment 2, 2008, Initiative Information (Florida Division of Elections)
Amendment 2: Same-sex Marriage Ban (National Institute on Money in State Politics)
Election Results by County - Florida Marriage Protection Amendment (Florida Division of Elections)
Florida Statutes, 2008, 741.212
741.212 Marriages between persons of the same sex.--
(1) Marriages between persons of the same sex entered into in any jurisdiction, whether within or outside the State of Florida, the United States, or any other jurisdiction, either domestic or foreign, or any other place or location, or relationships between persons of the same sex which are treated as marriages in any jurisdiction, whether within or outside the State of Florida, the United States, or any other jurisdiction, either domestic or foreign, or any other place or location, are not recognized for any purpose in this state.
(2) The state, its agencies, and its political subdivisions may not give effect to any public act, record, or judicial proceeding of any state, territory, possession, or tribe of the United States or of any other jurisdiction, either domestic or foreign, or any other place or location respecting either a marriage or relationship not recognized under subsection (1) or a claim arising from such a marriage or relationship.
(3) For purposes of interpreting any state statute or rule, the term "marriage" means only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife, and the term "spouse" applies only to a member of such a union.
History.--s. 1, ch. 97-268.
Florida Annotated Statutes 741.212 (LexisNexis Academic) provides annotations listing relevant cases and law review articles.
Laws of Florida, Chapter 97-268
Florida Documents SS.5:L3/
Committee Substitute for House Bill No. 147 - became a law without the Governor's approval June 5, 1997
Congressional Research Service Reports
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