Update 4:35 p.m.: Orlando City Council voted to approve filing the friend of the court brief. Commissioners Tony Ortiz and Jim Gray were the only commissioners voting no. The friend of the court brief was filed this afternoon.
The Orlando City Council will vote today on if the City should file a brief supporting marriage equality in the four marriage equality cases pending in Florida.
Orlando would be joining other cities including the City of Miami Beach in the friend of the court briefs.
Here is the summary from today’s City Council Agenda:
The City of Orlando has been asked to join other Florida cities in supporting those who are seeking marriage equality in Florida by filing amicus curiae or “friend of the court” briefs explaining why lifting the gay marriage ban is good for cities. There are currently four marriage equality cases pending in Florida. The City of Miami Beach Attorney’s office is expected to be the primary author of the briefs which include arguments that lifting the ban is good for the health and welfare of our citizens and employees to live in a non-discriminatory environment and that lifting the ban is positive for economic development and tourism. The briefs will not take a major time commitment and will be done in-house by our City Attorney’s office.
The agenda item is part of the consent agenda and is expected to pass. We’ll update this story once the vote is taken at today’s meeting.
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