A judge has ruled that the anti-gay Florida Family Association (FFA) may not intervene legally in two challenges to Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage because none of its members would be directly affected by gay couples getting married.
‘No FFA member seeks to enter a same-sex-marriage or will be directly affected if others enter same-sex marriages,’ District court Judge Robert Hinkle found in his ruling.
‘FFA’s generalized interest in opposing same-sex marriage does not entitle FFA to intervene.’
The judge also found that the FFA’s lawyers, the Liberty Counsel, had failed to cite a federal statute under which the group could argue they had a right to be considered a party to the case.
The group’s will still be able to file amicus briefs on the two cases before the court but will not have equal standing with the State of Florida or the same-sex couples who have brought the lawsuits.
One of the cases involves eight Florida same-sex couples legally married outside the state, while the other has been brought by a same-sex couple who got married in Canada and now live in the state capital Tallahassee.
Hinkle also ruled that the two cases should be consolidated and heard together.