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Florida AG Pam Bondi Appeals Broward County Decision Striking Down Gay Marriage Ban

6a00d8341c730253ef01b7c6d563e9970b-200wiFlorida's Attorney General Pam Bondi has filed a motion appealing Broward County Judge Dale Cohen's ruling that struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Judge Cohen stayed his ruling for 30 days, allowing the state time to appeal before his ruling would take effect. If the state did not appeal, same-sex marriages were said to be allowed to commence in Florida's second-most populous county. However, Judge Cohen later vacated his ruling upon learning that Bondi's office was not properly notified of his decision. According to Bondi's motion, the state is stepping in to "defend state law, ensure further review if necessary, and promote an orderly resolution of the legal issues presented." Bondi previously stated that she wanted the U.S. Supreme Court to have the ultimate say on Florida's marriage ban. Florida's new motion suggests the issue will likely be decided by the high court while at the same time asserting the state's interest in upholding its discriminatory ban: 

The challenges to Florida’s marriage laws turn on the same question: Whether the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution requires a state to recognize same-sex marriage. The United States Supreme Court has the final word on federal constitutional questions, and it is likely to resolve this question definitively in the near future. Until then, the State of Florida has an interest in defending its laws against challenges asserted by the petitioner here.

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New Campaign Urges Florida Gov. Rick Scott Not To Appeal Ruling Striking Down Gay Marriage Ban: VIDEO


Equality Florida has announced the creation of a new social media campaign intended to stop Florida Governor Rick Scott from appealing a decision that struck down the Sunshine State's ban on same-sex marriage. The campaign calls on the public to upload personal messages of support for marriage equality.

From Equality Florida:

6a00d8341c730253ef01b7c6d05d1d970b-200wiJudge Hinkle has stated that Attorney General Pam Bondi cannot appeal the decision. Then who can appeal? Craig J. Nichols, Florida’s Secretary of Management Services; John H. Armstrong, Florida’s Surgeon General; and Harold Bazzel, Washington County Clerk of Court. Two of the three take orders from Governor Scott and will likely appeal the decision if he tells them to do so.

We need to send the message loud and clear: "Governor Scott, DO NOT appeal the marriage decision."

This is where you help! Make a video telling Governor Scott not to appeal the marriage decision and post it to Facebook/Twitter/Youtube - and use the hashtag #MarriageNow.

Judge Hinkle's decision striking down the marriage ban was one in a succession of rulings out of Florida on same-sex marriage, none of which ruled in favor of the state. Meanwhile, Florida's Attorney General Pam Bondi has been adamant that she intends on enforcing and defending the ban. 

Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist has also called on Governor Scott to end his enforcement of the same-sex marriage ban. If Scott does not appeal Judge Hinkle's decision by September 21, the ban will become null and void. 

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Appeals Court Rejects Florida AG Pam Bondi's Request to Hold Off On Gay Marriage Rulings

Yesterday, a state appeals court rejected Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi's request that state courts stop considering same-sex marriage cases until the U.S. Supreme Court decides whether states have the right to ban gay marriage. 

The Miami Herald reports:

Bondi“Upon consideration, appellant’s motions to stay briefing are denied,” the Miami-based Third District Court of Appeal said in a terse ruling Thursday.

“That is the best news of the day. We would have been sitting in limbo for an undetermined amount of time,” said attorney Bernadette Restivo, who represents Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones, two Key West bartenders who on July 17 won the right to marry in Monroe County Circuit Court. “Pam Bondi’s stay would have caused enormous irreparable harm to the plaintiffs and others similarly situated. Every day that we move forward in this case will hopefully mean we are moving closer to ending this oppressive discrimination.”

Said Bondi’s spokeswoman Jennifer Meale: “The Court has ruled that the case will move forward, and we will proceed accordingly.”

Following last week's federal court ruling overturning Florida's gay marriage ban, Bondi vowed to continue defending the ban in court, saying "I am just getting started"



Florida AG Pam Bondi Pledges to Continue Defending Gay Marriage Ban: 'I Am Just Getting Started'

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has responded to yesterday's ruling by a federal judge overturning her state's ban on same-sex marriage, the Sun-Sentinel reports:  

Bondi“We want finality. There are good people on both sides. We want finality. That’s what we need. The U.S. Supreme Court’s going to hear this. They are going to make this determination. And if you hear that I have criticized people personally, I have not. I never will. This is me doing my job as attorney general. And I will continue to do that and if anybody wants me to moderate my message or stand for less I have a message for them: I am just getting started.”

Later, in answering reporters’ questions, this is what she said about the Democratic candidates who would drop the defense of the ban:

“All I’m going to say is I put my hand on a Bible and I raised my right hand and swore to uphold the Constitution of the state of Florida. This was voted into our Florida’s Constitution by 62 percent of the voters not even six years ago....”

Earlier this month, Bondi, citing her desire to "preserve taxpayer and judicial resources" asked state courts to stop considering same-sex marriage cases until the U.S. Supreme Court decides the issue. 

Bondi is running for re-election this year.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi: Let the Supreme Court Settle Gay Marriage Issue

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, citing her desire to "preserve taxpayer and judicial resources," has asked state courts to stop considering same-sex marriage cases until the U.S. Supreme Court decides whether states have the right to ban gay marriage.

BondiThe Miami Herald reports:

“Neither this Court nor the Florida Supreme Court can decide this federal issue with finality,” Bondi wrote in a filing late Thursday to the state’s 3rd District Court of Appeal. “The United States Supreme Court, however, ‘has the final word on the United States Constitution.’”

Bondi told the appeals court she expects the U.S. Supreme Court will act soon on the gay marriage issue. She cited filings this week from the states of Utah and Oklahoma asking their gay-marriage cases be heard by the nation’s highest court.

Judges in four Florida counties have overturned the state's gay-marriage ban, but no licenses are being issued because Bondi has appealed each case. Lawyers for the gay couples challenging the state's ban, however, are demanding Florida courts take further action.  

“Justice need not be patient,” said Miami Beach attorney Elizabeth Schwartz, who co-represents the six couples and Equality Florida Institute in the Miami-Dade case. “In my law practice, I see the real-life damage done to same-couples each day because of the failure to allow us to marry or to recognize our out-of-state marriages. For Florida's attorney general to argue that they should continue to wait, asserting both that there is no real urgency and, somehow, the Florida Supreme Court is incapable of resolving the matter statewide is insulting to Floridians and to our judiciary.”

Charlie Crist: Florida Governor and Attorney General Don't Have to Defend Gay Marriage Ban: VIDEO

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In an interview with the Miami Herald, Charlie Crist says Republican Governor Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi do not have to defend the state's ban on same-sex marriage in court and can make the choice to "make sure new and better things happen in Florida." 

Crist, who as Republican governor supported the ban when it was passed by Florida voters back in 2008, is now running as a pro-equality Democrat in this year's gubernatorial race. 

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