Representative Joe Saunders Applauds Federal Court Ruling on Marriage
ORLANDO, FLA – In the wake of today’s Federal Court ruling on the unconstitutionality of Florida’s same-sex marriage ban, State Representative Joe Saunders (D-Orlando), one of Florida’s first openly gay state lawmakers, released the following statement:
“Judge Hinkle’s ruling to strike down Florida’s discriminatory ban on same-sex marriage should be commemorated as a historic leap forward for the rights of LGBT people in our state. For the 5th time this year, Florida’s ban on marriage equality has been struck down by a Florida court and the focus should now turn to Governor Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi.
“A majority of Floridians support sharing marriage with committed LGBT couples. Attorney General Bondi should stop appealing these rulings and get on the right side of history. Governor Scott should lead where Attorney General Bondi will not. Florida’s leaders should make clear that every family is valued. Every day that this ban stays in place is one more day LGBT families and their children are harmed.”
In the 2014 legislative session, Representative Saunders introduced HB 239, The Competitive Workforce Act, which would have banned discrimination in the workplace, public accommodations and housing against the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. The bi-partisan measure received widespread attention and support with thirty-six co-sponsors including 10 House Republicans. He is a leading voice in the legislature for equality, fairness and equal opportunity.
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