A tele-town hall meeting on the gay marriage lawsuits is taking place Monday night at 6:00 p.m.

 

Equality Florida Institute has scheduled the meeting to address the status of the lawsuits regarding same-sex marriage that have been filed in Monroe and Miami-Dade Counties.

 

The attorneys representing the same-sex couples suing for the right to marry in those South Florida counties will discuss the next steps.

 

Shannon Minter, Legal Director the National Center for Lesbian Rights is the lead attorney in the Miami-Dade filing, says they will discuss what the next steps are in the cases and what all the recent rulings mean.

 

Judges in Monroe and Miami-Dade Counties have already ruled that the constitutional ban on gay marriage in Florida is unconstitutional, but those rulings have been stayed pending appeals by the state's attorney general.

 

And, with those cases pending, a Broward judge is expected to rule Monday on the state's same sex-marriage ban in connection to a pending divorce concerning a civil union from another state.

 

A woman is suing to dissolve that union made in 2002 in Vermont.

 

She wants to marry her new girlfriend.

 

The Broward judge would be the third South Florida judge to rule on the constitutionality of Florida's 2008 amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman.

 

To register for the town hall teleconference, click here.

 

 

(Photo: JEWEL SAMAD / 2013 AFP)