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Equality Florida Praises Supreme Court


“Ecstatic.” That’s the response from Equality Florida to the U.S. Supreme Court’s same sex marriage ruling.

The 5-4 ruling requires states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and to recognize the legality of marriages performed in other states.

Hannah Willard is the Orlando-based marriage coordinator for Equality Florida. She said her organization is thrilled, but there’s still work ahead. “This is the end of decades of discrimination against same-sex couples in marriage, but we know that, even in the last five months since marriage equality arrived here in Florida, inequality has persisted.”

She says Equality Florida will turn its attention to helping pass laws banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity after celebrating today’s ruling.

"It’s wonderful that they very specifically said that the 14th amendment requires all states to issue marriage licenses to couples of the same sex and it also requires that states recognize lawful marriage licenses," said Willard.

Before today’s ruling, thirteen states had same-sex marriage bans in place. Same-sex marriage has been legally recognized in Florida since January.

“Love has won," said Willard. "We are ecstatic. This is a day of incredible celebration. We are thrilled that love has won. The Supreme Court released their decision, and love has won here in America."


Nicole came to Central Florida to attend Rollins College and started working for Orlando’s ABC News Radio affiliate shortly after graduation. She joined Central Florida Public Media in 2010. As a field reporter, news anchor and radio show host in the City Beautiful, she has covered everything from local arts to national elections, from extraordinary hurricanes to historic space flights, from the people and procedures of Florida’s justice system to the changing face of the state’s economy.