FLORIDA – MARRIAGE records show that a Florida man and a woman who married in 2014 have been awarded $7,500 in damages after a judge ruled that the man was denied his right to marry because he was too busy working to have sex.
The couple was married in an Orlando courthouse, with the judge awarding $7.5 million in damages to the man, Richard Tarrant, who was awarded $5.5 billion in damages for violating Florida’s marriage law by not working.
Tarrants wife, Rebecca Tarrance, was awarded another $5 million.
The man was married to his first wife, Ashley Tarrante, in November 2013, but the state’s Supreme Court overturned that decision in March 2014.
The Supreme Court also overturned a similar ruling in June 2014.
The state’s highest court in July 2013 overturned the lower court ruling, saying it was arbitrary and unconstitutionally vague, and that the husband’s “inherent need” for a job to pay for a marriage to be legally valid was a factor in his being denied the right to the marriage.
Terrants attorneys argued the ruling was a mistake because they argued the law only allowed couples to marry if they could get paid for their services.
In March, the court ordered that the case be put back before a panel of four judges, which gave the couple until June 22 to make the payment.
The woman, identified in court records only as “Ms. T,” and her attorney filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn the court order.
In its ruling, the high court said the judge erred in saying that a man’s work needs to be sufficient to make up for a wife’s lack of a job.
The ruling came as the Supreme Court prepares to hear oral arguments in a case challenging Florida’s constitutionality of the state marriage law.
In that case, a woman married to a man in Texas said she was denied a marriage license because she had a job and could not provide him with the same benefits that she received when she was married.
The Supreme Court has ruled that gay marriage is a right protected by the 14th Amendment, which states that all persons born or naturalized in the United States are citizens and equal under the law.