Florida OKs 1st Death Certificate For Gay Couple

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - Florida has issued its first death certificate recognizing a same-sex couple.

The Florida Department of Health on Wednesday issued an updated death certificate that listed Fort Myers resident Arlene Goldberg as the surviving spouse of Carol Goldwasser.

With the death certificate, the couple became the first same-sex couple whose marriage is recognized by the state.

Goldberg and Goldwasser married in New York in 2011.

Goldwasser died last March.

Because Florida didn't recognize the marriage, Goldberg was unable to get Goldwasser's Social Security survivor's benefits.

Goldberg joined a lawsuit challenging Florida's ban on same-sex marriages.

A federal judge in Tallahassee ruled in August that the ban was unconstitutional.

The judge issued a stay, delaying the effect of the order, but ordered Florida to issue a revised death certificate for Goldwasser.


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