Six Same-Sex Couples File Lawsuit For Marriage Rights In Florida

Six same-sex couples and the Equality Florida Institute filed a lawsuit Tuesday to expand marriage rights in Florida, according to a release from the National Center for Lesbian Rights.

The lawsuit in Florida state court argues that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional because it denies gay and lesbian couples the “legal protections and equal dignity” that marriage provides.

Four of the couples involved in the lawsuit have minor children. Catherine Pareto, who owns a financial planning firm, and her partner, Karla Arguello, are raising their 15-month-old son. They have been together for 14 years.