1st Florida gay divorce granted by Broward County judge; state AG expected to appeal

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida — The first formal divorce for a gay couple in Florida history has been granted by a Broward County judge who also declared the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

Circuit Judge Dale Cohen on Wednesday dissolved the marriage of Heather Brassner and Megan Lade. They were united in a 2002 civil union in Vermont. Cohen had ruled in August that Florida's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional and that out-of-state gay marriages should be recognized.

Brassner attorney Nancy Brodzki said it was Florida's first-ever gay divorce.

Brodzki says she expects Attorney General Pam Bondi to appeal the decision, just as she has several other rulings against the gay marriage ban. There was no immediate reaction from Bondi's office Wednesday.

The ban was enshrined in the state constitution by voters in 2008.

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