With a recent ruling by a federal Judge declaring the Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, County Clerk of Courts will begin issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples when the ban is lifted next week.
Newly married couples in Orange County will also be able to update their driver’s licenses and ID’s, after Tax Collector Scott Randolph announced this morning, his office will accept same sex marriage certificates from Florida and other states for couples with name changes.
“This was just another example of the many discriminatory policies same sex couples faced by the unconstitutional ban on same sex marriage in Florida,” said Randolph. “We will continue to review all aspects of our office to ensure that any and all inequities are wiped out—from driver licenses to auto title transfers and internal employee benefits.”
Numerous lawsuits were filed against multiple agencies after U.S District Judge Robert Hinkle’s verdict late last year. The biggest question was over whether Hinkle’s ruling was state-wide, or in the individual case that was argued in his Washington County court. Yesterday, Hinkle clarified that it applied to the entire state. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi announced her office would not stand in the way of the court’s ruling.
Orange County Clerk of Court Tiffany Moore-Russell has announced her office will begin issuing marriage licenses to same same sex couples on the morning of the 6th. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer will be officiating a mass ceremony at Orlando City hall that same morning.