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Fla. group hopes to overturn state's ban on same-sex marriage

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The gay rights organization Equality Florida is looking for a few good men, or women if that's what it takes. They are trying to figure out how to overturn the ban on gay marriage in the state of Florida and think a lawsuit may be the way to go.

"Lawsuits are certainly on the table. Everything is on the table when it comes to what we are looking at, when it comes to Florida's repeal on marriage equality," said Michael Farmer with Equality Florida.

Farmer says the recent decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court on both The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California's Proposition 8 has them thinking this could be the perfect time.

"The Supreme Court gave us a great foundation.  They laid a great foundation citing equal protection for a potential path to the judicial overturn of the ban."

In order to win a court case on Florida's constitutional definition of marriage as between one man and one woman, Farmer says the group would need the right kind of plaintiffs.

"Folks who really put a spotlight on the daily sort of indignities that come from not being able to, not having the freedom to marry. You know, it could be something really small from, you know, being turned away from your partner at the hospital, or we just heard about a couple who had been together for 30 years but couldn't open a joint health savings account."

The group has set up a website called www.imengaged.org, where they hope the right set of people can be found to file this lawsuit.

The group says it is also looking at trying to overturn the ban on gay marriage by getting the voters to reverse the decision they made in 2008. That drive though would have to start with a million petition signatures to get something on the ballot.

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