Breaking News: Florida Family Action Files Lawsuits Against Local Elected Officials

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, December 30, 2014


FFA suits request that Circuit Court order elected officials to obey the law after making public statements they will participate in issuing or officiating over same-sex marriage license ceremonies

(Orlando, FL)  Florida Family Action (FFA) announced today the filing of two lawsuits against three elected officials in Central Florida who have made clear public statements of their intentions to defy Florida law and either issue same-sex marriage licenses or officiate over same-sex marriage ceremonies on or after January 6, 2015.

Florida Family Action is being represented by Liberty Counsel a leading constitutional advocacy group in the lawsuits which are filed in the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida covering Orange and Osceola counties.  One lawsuit was filed against Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Ninth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Bob LeBlanc, and a separate second lawsuit against Osceola County Clerk of Court Armando Ramirez.

Local Fox News WOFL has reported that Osceola County Clerk of the Court Armando Ramirez claimed at midnight on January 6, he will open the courthouse for same-sex couples wanting to apply for a license.  Specifically, Ramirez said, “I will open the office for 2 hours as a symbolic jester [sic] to the gay community … to be able to be legally married.”  “We won’t waste any time.”  The taxpayer funded official website for the Osceola Clerk also announces the same indicating, “The Clerk’s office is proud to support marriage equality.”

The Orlando Sentinel reported that Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer will “officiate” at a mass same-sex marriage ceremony on Tuesday morning January 6, 2015.  The Metropolitan Business Association newsletter, a chamber of commerce of sorts for gay-identified persons, announced the “Vowed and Proud” event involving Dyer was “in partnership with the City of Orlando.”

WFTV Eyewitness News quotes Circuit Judge Bob LeBlanc as saying, “I am prepared to officiate the ceremony…If the clerk issues the licenses I am prepared to carry out the ceremony.”  Notices indicate LeBlanc will officiate over some “mass” marriage ceremony on the evening of January 6, 2015.

John Stemberger, president of the Florida Family Action organization issued the following statement regarding the lawsuits:

“All three of these officials have shown great contempt and disrespect for the rule of law and are behaving irresponsibly and unprofessionally.  The federal court decision is clear that it only applies narrowly to the two plaintiffs and only in Washington County.  Elected officials must be held accountable to the law and to the constitution they have sworn to uphold.  Part of the reason for the recent landslide mid-term election was the utter disregard and insolence shown by President Obama for the rule of law which is now infecting so many other politicians across America.  Respect for law must be restored or else legitimacy in government as an institution will diminish at an even greater rate.  Ultimately, if these local officials continue in this same reckless pattern of behavior, they could easily face the same fate as so many other politicians did who are now retired as a result of the last election.”

Read the full Complaint FFA v Buddy Dyer and Robert LeBlanc

Read the full Complaint FFA v Armando Ramirez

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Cathy Gradine

12 thoughts on “Breaking News: Florida Family Action Files Lawsuits Against Local Elected Officials

  1. I think it is disgusting that some piece of crap organization is attempting to file lawsuits against persons who are allowing same sex couples to be married. No where is it written in stone that it is a man and woman who can only be married. Grow the fuck up you shallow, ignorant fools.

  2. I don’t know why groups are against marriage inequality. I suppose it is easy when one rationalizes discrimination by misinterpreting the bible. The Pope has recently made statements which are worth study and contemplation on the part of organizations such as the FFA. Wishing and praying for your better understanding of the teachings of Jesus. God Bless.

  3. You bigots really are freaking out, aren’t you? As another post said, yes, go ahead and waste your money on useless lawsuits. Your hope that the federal ruling might only narrowly apply to a single same sex couple in a single Florida county is just as narrow as your perspective on many issues. In over 100 cases across America, NOBODY has been able to demonstrate how they will be injured if same sex marriages are allowed to proceed. Despite bigoted, prejudicial and hateful activities that groups like yours pursue, America is moving forward.

  4. “Rule of Law” is what’s stake here. If elected officials, who BY OATH, swear to uphold the law can pic and choose which law to uphold, which to ignore, and which to implement by their OWN desire, then what’s the purpose of “Laws” in general? “The Law is what I say it is.”
    The people of Florida have spoken on this matter. It is their RIGHT to choose! Whether they are right or wrong is to be left to History. CONVINCE the people they were/are wrong and let them VOTE to repeal. That’s how Law works.

  5. Breaking News…FFA is out of gas!!! Remember the song “Jesus Loves The Little Children!”??? One line you might want to remember, “loves all the children of the world!” These are someone’s children and you’re trying to deny them the same rights you’d give to your own child!!! What make you soooo special? Where is the love??? You don’t have to answer me….just have your answer ready when the time comes….and it’s coming faster than you think!!! God loves all his children, I don’t think he picks and chooses his favorites…do you?????

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  7. It is truly astonishing that some people, who generally claim to be a part of the “christian right” (which is neither) seem to think that who somebody they don’t even know wants to marry is any of their [EXPLETIVE] business. It isn’t.

  8. Desperate times call for desperate measures and, yes, the FFA is in desperate straights. It’s all over FFA. But, please continue to waste money on your desperate initiatives.

    • What an ignorant comment Rich. Homosexual behavior is unnatural, disgusting, and an excellent way to transmit disease. To disguise perversion as a civil right is disingenuous.