A fourth judge in Florida has overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage in a single county...this time Palm Beach.
Tuesday's ruling by Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Diana Lewis mirrors recent decisions in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe. All found that a 2008 voter-approved constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in the state violates gay residents' rights to equal protection under the law as guaranteed by the 14th Amendment.
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is likely to appeal, so no marriage licenses will be issued for gay couples for now.
The local decision is tied to a probate case surrounding the death of a man who owned property in Florida and married a man in Delaware, where gay marriage is legal.
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