Securing Equality & Justice for Florida’s Lesbian, Gay,

Bisexual, and Transgender Community

On January 6, the Freedom to Marry took effect Statewide in Florida,

so anyone who wishes to be married, can now be legally married.

January 16, 2015: The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review a marriage equality case!  The Court will likely make a nationwide decision by late June 2015! 
Read more here: http://bit.ly/1CwEAMu.

January 15, 2015: The Social Security Administration has updated their website and will now accept marriage licenses of same-sex couples in Florida to update names on social security cards. 
Read more here: http://bit.ly/1KR3Hj3.

January 6, 2015: Marriages began in all other counties throughout Florida. 
Click here for a running tally of same-sex marriages in Central/West Coast Florida.

January 5, 2015: The same judge who heard arguments last July on behalf of Equality Florida Institute and our six brave plaintiff couples lifted the stay on her marriage ruling, allowing marriages to begin in Miami-Dade County on January 5th.

County Clerk Contact Info - Marriage FAQ -

Things to Consider Before or Right after Marriage
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Getting A Marriage License:
Marriage licenses in Florida are issued by the County Clerk of Court:

Waiting Period:
If either partners is a Florida resident, there is a 3 day delay in the effective date of the marriage license, unless the Florida resident completes a premarital course by a provider who is registered with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.


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Domestic Partnership:


As of 2014, 22 U.S. States and the District of Columbia legally recognize and document

Same-Sex Relationships in some fashion, be it by Same-Sex MarriageCivil Union, or Domestic Partnerships.

Many counties and municipalities outside of these states also provide domestic partnership registries which are not officially recognized by the laws of their states, are only valid and applicable within those counties, and are usually largely unaffected by state law regarding relationship recognition (except in some aspects). In addition, many cities and counties continue to provide their own domestic partnership registries while their states also provide larger registries (for all relationship recognitions);

a couple can only maintain registration on one registry, requiring the couple to de-register from the state registry before registering with the county registry.

Cities and Counties within the United States which offer Domestic Partnerships


Domestic Partner benefits have been introduced in certain Counties and Cities

within the State of Florida. 
These locations may offer rights and benefits to persons living there as domestic partners. Couples must file a domestic partner declaration in these locations in order to qualify,

and the benefits are only valid within that jurisdiction.


Application for Domestic Partnership in Volusia County, Florida

On May 17, 2012, the Volusia County Council adopted Ordinance 2012-09, establishing a domestic partnership registry in Volusia County to serve the needs of persons living in committed domestic relationships.

Registered partners will be listed on Volusia County’s website to allow entities such as healthcare facilities, correctional facilities, schools, funeral homes and cemeteries to verify an individual’s domestic partnership registration. Registration information: Couples interested in registering a domestic partnership must come to one of the Volusia County Revenue Division offices. Both parties must be present to register.


From right to left; Jeff Delmay, Todd Delmay, 
Karla Arguello and Catherina Pareto kiss after the same-sex couples were married in Miami, Florida, 
January 5, 2015. A judge ruled same-sex marriages could begin in Miami-Dade County on Monday, just ahead of gay couples being able to tie the knot statewide after midnight when Florida becomes the 36th U.S. state to allow people of the same sex to wed. Picture taken Jan. 5, 2015. 
Photo by Javier Galeano/Reuters

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