“I will take it under advisement, and have a good afternoon.” That’s how Judge Sarah Zabel concluded the July 2 hearing on Florida’s ban on same sex marriage. So, no ruling so far.
Zabel heard arguments from both sides on Pareto vs. Ruvin, the lawsuit filed in January by six same-sex couples and the Equality Florida Institute challenging Florida laws barring same-sex couples from marrying. During the hearing, which lasted an hour and 45 minutes, Zabel frequently asked questions of counsel on both sides. She brought up Loving vs. Virginia, the case that made interracial marriage legal, a number of times, but Matt Staver with the anti-gay Liberty Counsel said that case does not apply in this case because race is not what is being argued. A representatve from the State Attorney’s office argued on behalf of the defendant but Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi did not appear during the hearing.
Now we wait.