A Florida couple, both of whom are deaf, sued their county's district court and the court's clerk for failing to accommodate their hearing disability.
Last year, the couple went to the circuit court's office to obtain a marriage license, but the clerk informed them that they would need to bring in a sign language interpreter in order to complete the process. The couple were surprised at the request. They thought the court would provide an interpreter for them, as has been done in other areas of the courthouse.
And, the couple's families are primarily Spanish speakers, and they do not have sign language interpreters at hand, particularly those that are familiar with the legal terms required for the licensing process.
After nearly a year of trying to resolve the issue without success, the couple decided to file a lawsuit, hoping to finally obtain their license. Their attorney says the couple will dismiss the lawsuit when the situation is rectified. However, they will seek damages if it is not. Aleesia Hatcher "Lawsuit filed against Duval County Circuit court, clerk after deaf couple say they were unlawfully denied marriage license" www.news4jax.com (Oct. 04, 2022).