By Elaine Magliaro
On Tuesday night, Jon Stewart interviewed Senator Marco Rubio of Florida on The Daily Show. His lead-in to the interview with Rubio—who has sharply criticized court rulings that paved the way for same sex marriages in Florida—was a truly funny segment on the state of the Sunshine State, which included a bit about Duval County clerks’ refusal to perform same-sex marriages at the courthouse. During the segment, Stewart pointed out some of the state’s oddball news stories—including a cockroach eating contest and a pet store owner who beat employees with a reptile.
New York Times (1/5/2015):
Florida county clerks said they would abide by the law and issue licenses, but some clerks, including for Duval County, home to Jacksonville, announced last week that they would end ceremonial courthouse weddings so as not to force staff members who object to same-sex marriage to participate in such ceremonies.
Sarah Gray (Salon):
After same-sex marriage became legal in Florida, several counties shut down their entire operation of courthouse marriages — gay or straight.
“Florida,” Stewart stated. “You don’t get to judge others when your state motto is ‘If Darwin was right we wouldn’t be here.’”
Judge Lifts Ban, and Gay Weddings Begin in Florida (New York Times)