SUNSHINE STATE

Florida Strikes Down Gay Marriage Ban

On Thursday, a federal judge ruled that Florida’s gay marriage is unconstitutional and ordered the state to recognize marriages performed legally elsewhere. The judge’s order, however, has been stayed until after the appeals process is over. “When observers look back 50 years from now, the arguments supporting Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage, though just as sincerely held, will again seem an obvious pretext for discrimination,” U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle wrote. “Observers who are not now of age will wonder just how those views could have been held.”