Judge Rules Same-Sex Couples Can Marry in Miami, Florida

Judge Rules Same-Sex Couples Can Marry in Miami, Florida
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A Florida judge ruled Monday same-sex marriages could begin in Miami-Dade County, lifting a stay on her earlier decision that found the state's gay marriage ban unconstitutional. 

The order by Circuit Court Judge Sarah Zabel comes just ahead of same-sex weddings becoming legal statewide after midnight, when a stay ends on a similar federal court ruling.

"Cheers erupted in downtown Miami's historic civil courthouse with Zabel's ruling," the Miami Herald reports. "Some of the couples who were plaintiffs in the case cried tears of joy. Outside, surrounded by a throng of reporters and photographers, they held hands and raised their arms in victory."

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