One Florida paper is already calling the outcome: Florida's ban on same sex marriage will soon be at an end.
Same-sex marriage ban in its final moments
A second lawsuit filed in Key West is due to be heard on Monday.
Here's a safe prediction: Florida's same-sex marriage ban is going down.
The end could come soon if a Miami-Dade County judge sides with six couples who claim that the ban is unconstitutional.
In her [questioning], Zabel rejected many arguments on which same-sex marriage opponents base their flimsy case.
All eyes on Keys same-sex marriage case
Rulings in both cases are expected to be returned within a few weeks, this month even. Florida would join 17 other states having their bans struck down in the last year, 13 of which have been stayed. Since these are state court cases, the Attorney General Pam Bondi would have the option of appealing to the Florida Supreme Court.
Judge Luis Garcia is scheduled to hear the case Monday at 9:30 a.m. at the Plantation Key courthouse. If he rules in favor of Huntsman and Jones, the decision could pave the way for other gay and lesbian couples to marry in Florida.
If Bondi declines to take further action, the Tampa Tribune is already expecting a flood of summer weddings (which tend to be pretty hot in central Florida). Florida is one of the largest states in America in both size and population, which is nearly 20 million. Any unstayed ruling, even if just a few days, is bound to result in thousands cramming the clerks' offices for licenses.
Same-sex wedding boom expected if Florida's ban falls
If the ban is overturned, say those who work in the local wedding industry, the economic boost would be immediate.
Tourist bureaus on both sides of the bay are preparing for the day same-sex marriages are allowed in Florida.
Broward County's Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa is so confident the same-sex marriage ban will be lifted that it has already begun marketing to same-sex couples...
“If the ban is lifted, I will more heavily promote our services,” [Rev. Pressley Sutherland] said. “And I think I will be overwhelmed. But that's a good thing. It is exciting to me that so many families will be able to get that legal recognition that they want.”