New York–(ENEWSPF)–July 21, 2014. Today Rep. David Jolly (R-FL) stated that he supports same-sex couples’ freedom to marry in Florida. His announcement follows a ruling by Republican-appointed Chief Circuit Judge Luis Garcia, which struck down Florida’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples in a case out of Key West.
Marc Solomon, Freedom to Marry’s national campaign director, released the following statement:
“We congratulate Congressman Jolly for doing the right thing by his constituents and his country in supporting the freedom to marry. He joins the growing wave of Republicans across America who recognize that marriage for same-sex couples is in sync with Republican values of individual liberty and strong families. All committed couples across the Sunshine State should have the freedom to marry and share in the protections of marriage that are crucial to building a family and taking care of their loved ones.”
Same-sex couples can marry in 19 states and the District of Columbia, meaning that 44% of Americans now live in states where gay couples share in the freedom to marry. Recent polling by the Washington Post/ABC News shows 59% of Americans support the freedom to marry, while other polling shows that the support includes a majority of young evangelicals and Republicans under 45.
Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage nationwide. We are pursuing our Roadmap to Victory by working to win the freedom to marry in more states, grow the national majority for marriage, and end federal marriage discrimination. We partner with individuals and organizations across the country to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage and the protections, responsibilities, and commitment that marriage brings.