The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has put appeals to Alabama and Florida's same-sex marriage bans on hold until the Supreme Court hears and rules on the four cases it decided to take up from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee that challenge whether a state has the right to ban same-sex marriage. This comes despite the 11th Circuit's decision yesterday not to extend the stay of a federal judge's decision striking down Alabama's marriage ban. From the court's order:
Pursuant to the Court’s direction, the appeals in case numbers 14-14061, 14-14066, 15-10295,and 15-10313 are held in abeyance pending the United States Supreme Court’s issuance of an opinion in DeBoer v. Snyder, 772 F.3d 388 (6th Cir. 2014), cert. granted, — S. Ct. —, Nos. 14-556, 14-562, 14-571, 14-574, 2015 WL 213650 (Jan. 16, 2015).Any other current or future appeals that are filed in this Court raising the same or similar issues as the appeals listed above will also be held in abeyance pending the Supreme Court’s issuance of an opinion in DeBoer v. Snyder.Within twenty-one (21) days of the date the Supreme Court issues its opinion in DeBoer v.Snyder, the parties are directed to notify this Court in writing what issues, if any, remain pending in these appeals.