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Plaintiff in historic Florida marriage-equality lawsuit found dead
2022-01-14

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In Florida, Jorge Diaz-Johnston was recently found dead in a Jackson County landfill, ABC News reported.

Diaz-Johnston, 54, was reported missing on Jan. 3 near his workplace and police are investigating his death as a homicide, according to a police spokesperson.

Diaz-Johnston was one of the plaintiffs in a 2014 lawsuit against the Miami-Dade county clerk's office, which refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses. The couples eventually prevailed.

Diaz-Johnston was the brother of Manny Diaz, the former Miami mayor and current chair of the Florida Democratic Party.

In a tweet, Equality Florida posted, "We are heartbroken to learn of the death of Jorge. He and his husband Don were two of the brave plaintiffs who took on Florida's anti-gay marriage ban and helped win marriage equality for all Floridians. Our deepest condolences to Don and Jorge's extended family."


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