News, Jazz, NPR
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
Politics / Issues

Bondi Opposes Gay Couple's Divorce

bondi_0.JPG
Lottie Watts
/
WUSF

Attorney General Pam Bondi is opposing a bid by a gay South Florida woman to obtain a divorce from her former partner.

Bondi's office filed papers late Wednesday in Broward County Circuit Court saying a judge should not grant Heather Brassner's petition for a divorce from Megan Lade. The couple was united in a 2002 civil union in Vermont but broke up several years ago.

Among other things, the attorney general's filing says a civil union is not the same as a marriage and should not be the basis to declare Florida's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.

Bondi has defended the ban enacted by voters in 2008 in several state and federal lawsuits in which judges have ruled it violates constitutional equal protection guarantees. Those rulings have all been appealed.

WUSF 89.7 depends on donors for the funding it takes to provide you the most trusted source of news and information here in town, across our state, and around the world. Support WUSF now by giving monthly, or make a one-time donation online.