How a controversial ‘proxy’ marriage between two women in Florida is changing the state’s marriage landscape
Posted On July 28, 2021
The fight to legalize same-sex marriage has heated up in Florida as the state Supreme Court takes up the issue.
On Thursday, the high court heard arguments in a case that pits Florida against the state of Mississippi.
Both cases are part of a nationwide trend to legalise same-gender marriage.
The justices will decide the issue of same-sexual marriage in the coming months.
In June, they will hear arguments in the case of a Mississippi woman who wants to wed her partner.
The state Supreme court is scheduled to hear arguments this week in the Mississippi case.
In the meantime, a number of couples have been able to marry in the Sunshine State, including Gloria Marie and her partner, James, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
They are now the third and fourth couples to marry there.
Their marriage took place in February.
But it was a surprise for Gloria Marie.
“We were surprised, I was just kind of surprised that it was happening in our state,” she said.
“When we got married, we were very nervous.
I thought we would be in for some problems.”
The couple had been planning to get married in Canada.
They knew they needed a marriage license to get a marriage certificate.
“The first thing we said to each other was, ‘We’ll get married,'” Gloria Marie said.
Gloria Marie, a married mother of two, and James, a single man, had met in high school.
They dated briefly.
They eventually broke up and James moved out of the state.
Gloria Marie got married in January 2012 in Miami, and she and James then moved to Fort Lauderdale.
Gleia Marie said they were nervous when they received their marriage license in February and started to file paperwork.
“I was really nervous, I mean, we didn’t know what to expect, how it would all work,” she recalled.
Gemma Marie said the first step to getting married was filling out forms for the marriage license.
“At first, it was like we had two people on our wedding registry.
We did everything on the same page.
That’s how it went,” she explained.”
Then it was more like two people had to be on the registry.
I mean one was there, but we didn- we didn ‘t know how it was going to work, how to do it, who we would choose, and we didn t know if we were getting married in the United States.”
The next step was filing the marriage certificate in Florida, which is one of the only states that allows same-gendered marriages.
“It was very scary because we didn “t know what it was all going to be,” she added.”
But after we got that, I kind of thought, ‘Oh, I can just do this,'” Gloria said.
If it was at the courthouse, you had to show up at the same time as the clerk, which we did. “
In Florida, you have to register your marriage as a same-day marriage.
If it was at the courthouse, you had to show up at the same time as the clerk, which we did.
The clerk was kind of shocked at first, and I was really, really upset,” Gloria Marie recalled.
The couple married in July.
“Then we were able to file our divorce papers in November, and it was really amazing,” she noted.
“You can’t really think about what happens in your life without having a divorce.”
Glorias marriage is still pending in Mississippi.
James said he’s happy to have married his partner and to have children.
“For us to have this kind of a ceremony in our own state and get married at the very beginning of a divorce is just so beautiful.
“If people can come out and get that same opportunity, then I think it is a very positive thing.””
The Florida Supreme Court has not yet decided on the case, but is expected to rule on the marriage issue before the end of the year.”
If people can come out and get that same opportunity, then I think it is a very positive thing.”
The Florida Supreme Court has not yet decided on the case, but is expected to rule on the marriage issue before the end of the year.