Lawmakers Seek to Strike Equal Marriage Ban from Records

Two Florida lawmakers are looking to strike Florida’s gay marriage ban from the books, reports Drew Wilson on the Florida Politics website. While Florida has had equal marriage since 2015, the original ban is still on record.

Rep. David Richardson and Sen. Gary Farmer, both Democrats, want to change that. Richardson, an openly gay lawmaker from Miami Beach, introduced HB 6027 to the House. This law would remove the marriage ban, and go ito effect immediately.

Farmer, who is from Fort Lauderdale, introduced a similar bill, SB130, in the Senate. Farmer’s bill also requires the Division of Law Revision to replace all mentions of “husbands” or “wives” in Florida law with the gender-neutral “spouses,” to promote inclusivity.

Both bills are in the process of being referred to the appropriate committees.

Read the Florida Politics article here.

Written by Audrey Pitcher

Audrey Pitcher is a Media and Communications Studies major at Ursinus College. Ve is a board member of the Ursinus Gender and Sexuality Alliance. Ve also works as a writing fellow in the Center for Writing and Speaking, where ve helps fellow students improve their writing skills. Audrey was recently featured at Ursinus' Celebration Of Student Achievement for an essay on the mapping of femininity onto gay men in late 20th century theater.

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