Gay Marriage

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A stay on same-sex marriage has expired in Florida, paving the way for couples to start getting married.

Nearly 30 couples have gotten married so far in Leon County. Marriages are taking place today across the state. Yesterday, the first same-sex couple wed in Miami-Dade, after a state judge lifted her stay on the state's gay marriage ban immediately.

Florida is the 36th state to legalize gay marriage, after several judge's ruled against  the 2008 constitutional gay marriage ban.

This post will be updated throughout the day.

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.

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Tallahassee-based U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle says his order on gay marriage applies statewide in Florida.

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.

Judge Orders State Response On Same-Sex Marriage License Fight

Dec 24, 2014
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A federal judge Wednesday ordered the state to respond by Monday in an increasingly heated legal debate about whether county clerks should begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Jan. 6.

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