January 5, 2015. A judge ruled same-sex marriages could begin in Miami-Dade County on Monday, just ahead of gay couples being able to tie the knot statewide after midnight when Florida becomes the 36th U.S. state to allow people of the same sex to wed. Picture taken Jan. 5, 2015.

Photo by Javier Galeano/Reuters

​Equality Florida
Securing Equality & Justice for all Florida's
Lesbian, Gay,
Bisexual, and Transgender Community

On January 6, 2016 the 'Freedom to Marry' took effect Statewide in Florida,

Now anyone who wishes to be married, can be legally married.

June 26, 2015: U.S. Supreme Court rules on the freedom to marry nationwide!

Read more here: http://bit.ly/1CwEAMu.

January 15, 2015: The Social Security Administration has updated their website and will now accept marriage licenses

of same-sex couples in Florida to update names on social security cards.

Read more here: http://bit.ly/1KR3Hj3.

January 6, 2015: Marriages began in all other counties throughout Florida. 

County Clerk Contact Info - Marriage FAQ -

Things to Consider Before or Right after Marriage


Getting A Marriage License:
Marriage licenses in Florida are issued by the County Clerk of Court:

Waiting Period:
If either partners is a Florida resident, there is a 3 day delay in the effective date of the marriage license, unless the Florida resident completes a premarital course by a provider who is registered with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.


​If you would like a Domestic Partnership instead of being legally married:

Cities and Counties within the United States which offer Domestic Partnerships


Domestic Partner benefits have been introduced in certain Counties and Cities within the State of Florida. 
These locations may offer rights and benefits to persons living there as domestic partners.
Couples must file a domestic partner declaration in these locations in order to qualify,
and the benefits are only valid within that jurisdiction.

​Miami-Dade County:
Application for Domestic Partnership in Miami - Dade County

Monroe County:

​Application for Domestic Partnership Monroe County

Broward County:

Application for Domestic Partnership Broward County

Palm Beach County:

Application for Domestic Partnership Palm Beach County

Love Wins In Florida