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Same Sex Marriage & Domestic Partnerships in Florida

Are you planning a same sex marriage in Florida with your partner? Before you do so, you should consider the state laws permitting or prohibiting same sex unions in your state. You should also get acquainted with information on domestic partnerships in Florida. Read below for more information on other partnerships in Florida.

Same Sex Marriage in Florida

Currently, same sex marriage is not legal in the state of Florida. Even though a gay or lesbian couple cannot tie the knot in Florida, they can, get married in a state where same sex marriage is legal.

Defense of Marriage Act

In June 2013, the Supreme Court denied the Defense of Marriage Act, which affects gay and lesbian couples who marry and reside in states where same sex marriage is legal. In these states, same sex couples who have been married can now collect federal benefits.

States Where Same-Sex Marriage is Legal

  • California
  • Connecticut
  • District of Columbia
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Massachusetts
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
  • Washington

Domestic Partnerships in Florida

Because same sex marriage is not legal in Florida, gay and lesbian couples that want to unite can consider entering a domestic partnership as a way to reap the legal benefits of building a life together. In a Florida domestic partnership, a couple can own property together, share joint bank accounts and enter into contracts together, such as living wills and co-parenting. Domestic partnerships are currently legal in seven Florida counties.

Florida Counties Where Domestic Partnerships Are Legal

  • Broward
  • Leon
  • Palm Beach
  • Pinellas
  • Miami-Dade
  • Orange
  • Volusia

For more information on same sex marriage in Florida, as well as Florida domestic partnerships and unions, click here.