Hearing Wednesday for lawsuit challenging Florida's same sex marriage ban

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Posted at 7:57 AM, Jul 02, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-02 17:13:40-04

MIAMI, Fla. (WTXL) -- A Miami-Dade circuit judge will hear arguments Wednesday in the lawsuit challenging Florida's ban on same sex marriage.

Judge Sarah Zabel of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit is overseeing the case.

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. The most recent happened this week in Kentucky. 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.

Despite the wave of action by judges, on June 25, 2014 Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi announced her office is seeking to defend the state's existing ban on gay marriage in the two ongoing lawsuits.