By: Charlene Cristobal
October 10, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Equality and democracy, those are the two things that echoed throughout the city. FSU Pride Student Union and other local organizations that support equality for LGBTQ+ marched to the Capitol and took a moment to express their concerns about Attorney General Pam Bondi and Governor Rick Scott's decision to hold off on an official ruling for same-sex marriage.
"If they would back off of the appeals, we could be having marriages in Florida," said Jim Vanripper, with Equality Florida.
Andy Janeck with the GLBT Democratic Caucus says, he's proud of the students for standing up for themselves. "At this point, we've made great strides in Florida towards equality," said Janeck. "But we've got some elected leaders right now who seem to be in the way of that progress. My message today is for those students to really make sure their voices are heard, that their votes are counted and that we work towards achieving full equality here in Florida."
LGBTQ+ FSU students say that they are ready for equality. "Definitely, just complete equality," said Melissa Mitchell, a marcher with the Pride Student Union. "I feel like it's been a long time coming and I think we are done waiting."
Florida is one of five states that the U.S. Supreme Court has decided to turn away appeals to prohibit gay and lesbian unions.