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Same-sex couples in Miami were the first in the state to celebrate marriages after Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel lifted her stay Monday.
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The association representing Florida's court clerks is "strongly encouraging" its members to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples starting January 6th.

The move comes after Tallahassee-based U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle issued a clarifying order stating that his decision rendering Florida's gay marriage ban unconstitutional applies statewide.

The legal back-and-forth over gay marriage in Florida  just got murkier.

When Tallahassee-based U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle issued a decision against Florida’s same sex marriage ban in August, he put a stay on his ruling to allow time for an appeal. The stay expires January 5th after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to intervene. Attorneys for Florida’s Clerks of Court argue that ruling only applies to one couple in one county--Washington County in the panhandle, whose clerk is a defendant in the case.

Same-sex couples in Miami were the first in the state to celebrate marriages after Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel lifted her stay Monday.
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The Clerk of Court in Washington County is asking a federal judge to clarify his decision ruling against Florida’s gay marriage ban.

The move comes as the Florida Association of Clerks and Comptrollers doubles down on its position that the ruling applies only to one couple in one county. Leon County Clerk of Court Bob Inzer says he’s not deviating from that position.

“I will be taking my guidance from my council on this until someone can demonstrate to me that his council is not accurate," he says.

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A gay rights advocacy group agrees with a decision by Attorney General Pam Bondi to let the state’s high court decide whether Florida’s gay marriage ban is legal.

Bondi's Latest Request

Late Monday, Bondi’s office filed a request with 3rd district Court of Appeal to allow the Florida Supreme Court to immediately review the ban. And, Equality Florida’s Deputy Director Stratton Pollitzer says it’s about time Bondi came to that decision. His group helped six same-sex couples file one of the two Florida cases in question.

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The ACLU of Florida is asking a circuit judge to lift a stay on same-sex marriages in Florida. Lynn Hatter reports the move comes after the nation’s high court refused to take up several appeals to gay marriage rulings from around the country.

Earlier in the year, Hinkle ruled Florida’s constitutional ban on same-sex unions was unconstitutional, but put a stay in place until similar cases from other states were resolved. The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to take up the cases and the ACLU’s Daniel Tilley says he believes there’s no longer a reason the stay should remain.

A federal judge rejected a request by the US Department of Justice to put a restraining order on Florida’s attempt to purge non-citizens from its voter rolls. The Department says federal law prohibits the removal of voters within 90 days of an election, but Judge Robert Hinkle said removing non-citizens is okay.