Grimsley v. Scott

The ACLU, ACLU of Florida, and the Stephen Rosenthal of the Podhurst Orseck firm filed a marriage-recognition lawsuit in March 2014 on behalf of 8 married same-sex couples, a Fort Myers widow, and SAVE, South Florida’s largest LGBT-rights organization. Our plaintiffs were married in other states and wanted to have their marriages recognized in the place they call home. We filed a motion for preliminary injunction, which was granted by U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle. Although Judge Hinkle placed a temporary stay on the injunction, he ultimately agreed to lift it, and because state officials could not convince the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit or the U.S. Supreme Court to extend the stay, our lawsuit (together with the consolidated lawsuit filed by Jacksonville attorneys Bill Sheppard and Sam Jacobson) brought marriage equality statewide on January 6, 2015.

Legal Documents

First Amended Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief (04/10/14)

Plaintiffs' Motion for Preliminary Injunction (04/25/14)

Order Denying the Motions to Dismiss, Granting a Preliminary Injunction, and Temporarily Staying the Injunction (08/21/14)