Jacksonville attorneys fight Fla. same-sex marriage law

Two Jacksonville civil rights attorneys are challenging the constitutionality of Florida's same-sex marriage laws.

The laws in question refuse to recognize same-sex marriages from other states or countries.

Jacksonville attorneys Bill Shepard and Samuel Jacobson filed the suit in the Northern District of Florida Friday for a Tallahasee same-sex couple, James Domer Brenner and Charles Dean Jones, that was married in Canada.

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The lawsuit names Gov. Rick Scott and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi as defendants.

Several similar suits have challenged similar laws nationwide.

The lawsuit references U.S. Supreme Court decision United States vs. Windsor where the Supreme Court held that withholding federal recognition and benefits from legally married same-sex couples required by section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act and violates the federal constitutional guarantees of equal protection and due process.

Same-sex couples can legally marry in sixteen U.S. states.

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