Gay Rights

Same-Sex Marriage in Florida Begin January 6

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday decided not to block gay marriages in Florida, the latest of about three dozen states allowing same-sex weddings. With the news means that there are just fourteen states left where same-sex marriage is illegal and with Florida off the board this means that just Michigan and Ohio remain the last two states that voted for Obama to still have a same-sex marriage ban on the books. Michigan and Ohio also remain the last two northern states to still have a same-sex marriage ban.

More from The Huffington Post:

lorida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who has fought to uphold the state’s ban, said in a statement that her goal was “to have uniformity” throughout the state while various legal challenges were pursued in both state and federal courts.

“Nonetheless, the Supreme Court has now spoken, and the stay will end on Jan. 5,” Bondi said.

In August, U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle declared the state’s ban unconstitutional, but he put his ruling on hold until after Jan. 5 pending appeals.

Like many other judges and appellate courts, Hinkle ruled the ban approved by voters in 2008 violates the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection.

Bondi had tried to persuade a federal appeals court in Atlanta to keep Hinkle’s ruling on hold. The appeals court rejected the request so Bondi went to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who oversees emergency appeals from Florida, Alabama and Georgia.

The entire court wound up considering the petition. The order said only Thomas and Justice Antonin Scalia would have kept the stay in place.


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