- Posted July 2, 2014 by
Miami-Dade Making History on Same-Sex Marriage
The Miami-Dade County Courthouse sits in the heart of Downtown, Miami. It's construction fences, lawyers with nifty suits, judges in robes, bailiffs on guard, and cafeterias brewing coffee makes up this area. Today was different. Circuit Court Judge Sarah Zabel was conducting a hearing that can possibly change the future of same-sex marriages in Florida and even throughout the whole nation. "Case number 14- 1661-CA-01!" is shouted. It's a suit against Harvey Ruvin, the Miami Dade Clerk of Court, who denied marriage licenses to six same-sex couples. They brought upon this case to have their marriage licenses granted but were unfortunately denied due to the current Florida ban on same-sex marriages. This created a rally for those against and those for it. The area around the courthouse was now swarmed with media trucks and crowds chanting and holding signs and banners in support of their beliefs. On the way up through the Miami-Dade County Courthouse and into the courtroom, it's filled over capacity like a can of sardines. Stickers saying "Respect my vote" with an American flag are worn by those against same-sex marriage and handmade signs with colorful banners are wielded by those for it. It was obvious that those against were supported by an organization or persons with economical wealth and influence and those for were simply there because of their true beliefs. The politics behind the scenes may not completely surface but we know one thing: this case and those behind it is history in the making.