Ahead of the trials, supporters of gay marriage held rallies across the nation Monday in preparation of two Supreme Court cases.
At the Florida Capitol about 50 supporters showed up, some with signs. As man, holding a bible protested the rally. “One man and one woman for a life time.”
The crowd mostly kept its cool, but one woman broke ranks to challenge the protestor. “Yeah, for gay marriage being legalized in nine states and Washington DC and countries over the world… hahahaha.. you are on the losing side buddy.”
Polls show support for gay marriage is growing, with more than half the country in favor. Twenty-nine states, including Florida have same-sex marriage bans in their constitutions. Florida also has a ban written into statute.
“I think my two moms have done a pretty good job.”
High School Student Emalee Schierman is being raised by lesbians. She says it hasn’t negatively impacted her or her brothers and sisters.
“My three siblings are all smart, well-rounded and just as damage free as any children born from straight families,” said Emalee.
While the group rallied outside the state capitol, inside legislation creating a statewide domestic partnership registry has stalled. Susan Gage with PFLAG, the Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, says the Supreme Court cases could change everything.
“I hope that what ever might come out of the Supreme Court, if it is a positive decision for the gay and lesbian community, that they might go back and revisit this and pressing forward with marriage equality,” said Gage.
But they may not need too. Depending on how the court rules, Florida’s gay marriage ban may could be overridden. One of the two cases challenges California’s ban on gay marriage. If the US Supreme Court rules against the ban, that could render Florida’s ban unconstitutional.