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Couples sue for same-sex marriage recognition in Florida

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

The battle over gay marriage is heating up in Florida. Both sides are gearing up for court challenges that are already drawing national attention.

This week, a second group filed a lawsuit against state leaders -- including Governor Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi -- in an effort to overturn Florida's ban on allowing or recognizing same-sex marriage.

In the challenge filed this week, eight gay couples who live in Florida (and wed in other states) are suing to have their marriages recognized by Florida government.

Governor Scott has said marriage is between a man and a woman, and as governor he'll uphold the law. Attorney General Bondi has also said she will challenge efforts seeking to overturn the gay marriage ban that state voters passed in 2008.

Opponents of same sex marriage say states and voters should have the final say in how their states define marriage.

"That's what they hold up, but federal law is federal law and eventually it will supersede all others," said Bruce Laughridge. He married his business partner Ron Haynes in New York, but they reside in Tampa.

They are excited that Florida may be the first state in the south to overturn a gay marriage ban.

"It's nice to be in a southern state and not be last," Haynes said.

Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court struck the federal law defining marriage as a union between a man and woman, and restored gay marriage in California. Gay rights supporters say that decision could set a precedent for similar challenges in Florida and other states.

 

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