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Attorney General Pam Bondi backs down on Florida’s gay marriage ruling

By Josh Haggis


Attorney General Pam Bondi has announced she will no longer fight Florida’s same-sex marriage ruling.

Although Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage was ruled unconstitutional in August, a stay was placed on the ruling pending appeal.

The Supreme Court voted 7-2 to refuse a request for a second stay to be placed on gay marriages back in December, which meant that gay couples should be able to legally marry in Florida when the stay currently in place expires on January 5.

Now, Bondi – who was recently labelled a ‘modern day Anita Bryant’ – has issued a statement conceding defeat, admitting that she will no longer “stand in the way” of gay marriage in the state.

“This office has sought to minimize confusion and uncertainty, and we are glad the Court has provided additional guidance. My office will not stand in the way as clerks of court determine how to proceed,” read the statement.

Meanwhile, a Florida judge ruled this week that all counties must start issuing same-sex marriage licenses after a number of gay couples had been refused the right – find out more here.

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