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Thursday, 07 April 2016 23:48

Florida: A Judge Puts An End To Discrimination Of Certain State Officials

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US District Judge Robert Hinkle did not like that state officials regard the marriage law as non-existent, especially because he is the judge who had changed it to allow marriage equality.

Indeed, Judge Hinkle had repealed the marriage protection law in August 2014 and his decision was to take effect in January 2015.

So he decided to regard this attempt by state officials in a movement they called "for a history of resistance against same-sex marriage" as totally unconstitutional.

Then in adoption, Robert was also outraged by the behavior of state officials since some refused to issue birth certificates to couples of women because the forms had not been updated and were not gender neutral, so always having the term "spouse" or "husband", but the judge said:

"The answer should be easy," Hinkle wrote. "The statutory reference to 'husband' cannot prevent equal treatment of a same-sex spouse."

Then the same judge also ordered all Florida surgeons as well as the secretary of the Department of Management Services not to discriminate against same-sex couples.

Judge Robert kept going and also criticized state legislators saying they had done nothing, they had not attempted to better protect all citizens, they had not tried to solve the birth certificate issue and they had not overturned the marriage law so he had to do the job.

Perhaps opponents will appeal his decisions to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. However, an official of Florida said the rather strong language that judge Hinkle used could prevent any attempt even if remember that Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has vowed to do everything to defend the marriage protection act.

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