MIAMI, Fla. (WTXL) – A court date has been set for a judge to hear arguments in a lawsuit challenging Florida’s constitutional ban on gay marriage.

Judge Sarah Zabel of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court in Miami will hear testimony on July 2.

The lawsuit was filed in January on behalf of six same-sex couples that argue Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage violates the United States Constitution.

In the past few months, judges in a number of states have struck down bans on same-sex marriage, ruling with challengers that the bans violate constitutional freedoms. Those states where bans were struck down include, most recently, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Idaho, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Utah, and Virginia.

Eighteen states, including the District of Columbia, now allow same-sex marriage.

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