Florida Attorney General Seeks to Defend State's Same-Sex Marriage Ban

The attorney general of Florida, Pamela Bondi, has filed motions to defend the state's same-sex marriage ban in two cases before the courts that seek to challenge it. The cases were brought by same-sex couples who are suing county clerks who would not issue marriage licences to them.

BondiFrom the Miami-Herald:

Allen Winsor, the state’s solicitor general, states in the motions filed in local courts that Florida has a legitimate interest in intervening in the cases since they represent a challenge to the 2008 state constitutional amendment that banned gay marriage.

Bondi is already defending the state in a federal lawsuit filed in north Florida. That legal challenge maintains the state is discriminating against gay couples by not recognizing same-sex marriages performed in states where they are legal.

The clerks in both counties, however, are not actively defending their case. 

In May of this year, Bondi asked a federal court judge to dismiss a case brought by eight same-sex married couples who wanted their out-of-state marriages recognized in the state. Bondi said that allowing same-sex marriage would "impose significant public harm." She later defended herself after her comments generated an uproar, saying "I'm simply doing my job."

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  1. In Florida you can legally kill someone because you feel threatened but can't marry someone you love. Of course the problem is the latter and so they will spend hundred's of thousands arguing a position that has been rejected by the courts repeatedly. And the dumbass voters of that state are fine with that.

    Posted by: Terry | Jun 25, 2014 8:47:23 PM

  2. Based on that photo, I am rather certain that Pamela got the job of attorney general because she gives good head.

    Florida is the drecks.

    Posted by: AllBeefPatty | Jun 25, 2014 8:58:29 PM

  3. This woman's personal life reads like a daytime soap...it's everything you would think might encourage her to keep her profile low. But, no...not Pam Bondi...married three times, was living in sin with a rich daddy, old enough to be her father...no kids at 48...is she fertile or not? There's more, but why bother. Apparently she has the right to make her life whatever she wants it to be and we don't.

    Posted by: Paul B. | Jun 25, 2014 8:59:17 PM

  4. Whenever either Florida or Texas has same sex marriage the battle is essentially over and the haters will work to enact "religious freedom" laws to allow holier than thou business owners to discriminate against LGBT folk.

    Pam Bondi will not be on the winning side of this case though.

    Posted by: bkmn | Jun 25, 2014 9:09:48 PM

  5. Like so much moralizing these days, it's all about making rules for others but not abiding by them yourself. This is from her Wikipedia entry:

    "Bondi was married to Garret Barnes from 1990 to 1992, and to Scott Fitzgerald from 1997 to 2002. She is currently engaged to ophthalmologist Greg Henderson; they held an unofficial (non-binding) ceremony in the Cayman Islands on May 26, 2012."

    Posted by: Phil | Jun 25, 2014 10:13:35 PM

  6. She looks like a Faux News anchor.

    Posted by: kdknyc | Jun 25, 2014 10:16:43 PM

  7. She couldn't keep her own marriage together but are wants to stop gays from marrying. Seems about right.

    Posted by: Gigi | Jun 26, 2014 12:16:51 AM

  8. i find it a little cynical that a woman on her third marriage would be so concerned with defending "the sanctity of marriage."

    Posted by: alguien | Jun 26, 2014 12:57:12 AM

  9. Some are wondering, if she's not really married to her third so-called "husband," then should she arrest and prosecute herself? Apparently, Florida is one of the few states where it's still illegal for unmarried couples to shack up.


    Posted by: Retro | Jun 26, 2014 1:45:33 AM

  10. Bondi is a tea-bagger elected because she looks like a Hooters girl.

    Posted by: jason MacBride | Jun 26, 2014 5:17:41 AM

  11. Peroxide-Brain-Fry Syndrome.

    Posted by: Daniel Berry, NYC | Jun 26, 2014 6:03:00 AM

  12. This is the kind of person my mother used to refer to as a "tramp" and my father, a "hypocrite."

    Posted by: Daniel Berry, NYC | Jun 26, 2014 6:16:19 AM

  13. "impose significant public harm." It will be interesting to see how this argument will play out. So far there hasn't be a case won using "public harm" as their defense. If this is supposed to be her "career building moment" I think she's going to be very disappointed.

    Florida must have barrels full of extra money if they are willing to defend this sure loser of a case. Their most prudent move would be to sit back and watch how things play out in the states that are already doing battle because so far nobody has successfully defended their ban on marriage equality.

    Posted by: ThomT | Jun 26, 2014 10:54:29 AM

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