Florida's Same-Sex Couples Could Start Marrying on September 22 If Rick Scott Team Lets Court Ruling Stand
Though spokespeople for the governor say Scott is respectful of the many views Floridians have on the state's ban, they say he believes in the "traditional marriage" that is consistent with the state's 2008 constitutional amendment, in which 62 percent of Floridians voted in favor of only legally recognizing heterosexual relationships. Governor Scott has since dodged questions on whether he supports same-sex couples right to marry.
"I think those who are allowed to appeal are probably going to do so. This is Governor Scott's election year, so by not doing anything he could upset his conservative constituents," said Mark Ebenhoch, media director for the South Florida couples who are currently challenging the state's ban. "I think it's wishful thinking that this ruling will go through without an appeal-- but it would be nice if it did. He's got to do something, or will find someone to do something for him. It's a political hot potato."
Right now all eyes are on Governor Scott. If neither of the Rick Scott appointees nor the small-town clerk of court appeals, then marriage equality will be brought to Florida next month.
The South Florida couples, who have been challenging the state's ban for months, are anxiously waiting. The couples believe that this could be a time that the governor chooses not to get in the way of equality but instead to do what is right.
"It would be almost too good to be true, wouldn't? Here we are again on pins-and-needles hoping that maybe, just maybe, this time things will be different," said Todd Delmay, who is challenging the state's ban with his partner Jeff in the merged Pareto-Huntsman case. "That instead of continuing to waste money on appeals, and refusing us the dignity and respect that our families deserve, that perhaps the three individuals who can appeal will do what is best for the greater good this time. Rather than fighting against those who seek only to be treated equally, they could make a stand for what is right... We will win this. Maybe not on September 22nd, but soon. Of that I am quite certain."