A divided appellate court Wednesday certified to the Florida Supreme Court a novel question regarding a ward of the court’s right to marry: If permission is required to wed, does marrying without that approval render the marriage void?

The Fourth District Court of Appeal unanimously rejected a bid for rehearing by a woman, Glenda Martinez Smith, looking to reinstate her marriage to a man who had been deemed legally incapacitated — but it couldn’t agree on whether a trial court’s annulment of that marriage deprived the ward of his “fundamental right to marry.”

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