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The U.S. Supreme Court says it will decide whether same-sex couples nationwide have a right to marry under the Constitution. The decision by the high court to take up the case has supporters and opponents of gay marriage excited.

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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MIAMI (AP) - Same-sex weddings may soon begin in Florida after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to block them.
The court said Friday it wouldn't block the marriages. A federal judge previously declared Florida's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional and said same-sex marriage licenses could start being issued in the state after Jan. 5 unless the Supreme Court intervened.

Court Clerks Uncertain about Gay Marriages

Dec 8, 2014

Gay couples are expected to stream into courthouses across the state on Jan. 6 when a stay blocking a federal court ruling expires.

But court clerks aren’t sure whether they can accommodate them.  They were warned earlier this year by their attorneys that licenses may only be granted in Washington County.

Leon County Court Clerk Bob Inzer said clerks are waiting for the latest legal advice.

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Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has been elected to a second term. Her opponents, Democrat George Sheldon and Libertarian Bill Wohlsifer conceded defeat Tuesday.

With a double digit lead over her Democrat challenger, Bondi got 55 percent of the vote to Sheldon’s 42 percent. And, following her victory speech, she spoke to reporters in Tampa about her win.

“I’m just blessed to have four more years to keep fighting for the citizens of Florida. And, I’m going to do it with every breath I have and as much energy as we did the first four years,” said Bondi.

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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.

Gay marriage rulings
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Florida officials have announced plans to file an appeal to a federal judge’s ruling finding Florida’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional.

Department of Health head John Armstrong, Secretary of Management Services Craig Nichols, and Washington County Clerk of Court Harold Bazzell made the appeal through Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office Thursday.

Florida State Attorney General Pam Bondi has appealed a judge’s ruling declaring Florida’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional. She filed the appeal within hours of the ruling on Thursday. 

A Monroe County circuit judge made the ruling, which applies only to the Florida Keys.

Judge Luis Garcia agreed with a Key West couple suing for the right to get a marriage license. The men are celebrating their 11-year anniversary together and were turned down when they applied with the Monroe County clerk.

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Attorneys General around the country are split over whether they will defend their respective gay marriage bans. Some, like Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, say she’ll defend the law, while others say they won’t. So, how are Attorneys General able to pick and choose which state laws they want to defend?

Updated: Florida Lawsuit Challenges Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Jan 21, 2014
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In Miami Tuesday, six same-sex couples filed a lawsuit challenging Florida’s constitutional ban on gay marriage. The suit by advocacy group Equality Florida joins dozens of similar cases pending across the U.S.—all with the goal of pushing nationwide marriage equality.