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Florida asks Supreme Court to decide in gay marriage cases

Joseph McCormick August 8, 2014

The US state of Florida has asked for no further rulings to be made on its same-sex marriage ban, until the US Supreme Court makes a broader decision.

Two motions were filed by the state’s Attorney General Pam Bondi on Friday, requestion a freeze on appeals of cases concerning her state’s voter-approved same-sex marriage ban.

The ban was approved by voters in 2008.

Despite that four state courts have found Florida’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional, no marriage licences are being issued to same-sex couples whilst appeals by Bondi are active.

Bondi argued that further state proceedings were a waste of resources, and that the Supreme Court should decide on the issue.

Earlier this week, a fourth Florida county judge found the state’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional.

South Florida Judge Diana Lewis only ruled regarding a specific probate case in which a Pennsylvania man, who died in March, left his estate to a man whom he married in Delaware.

A Florida Keys judge ruled in favour of same-sex marriage on 17 July.

A Miami-Dade County judge overturned Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage on 26 July.

A Broward County judge overturned the ban on Monday.

In late July, the 3rd District Court of Appeals refused to allow same-sex marriage licenses to be issued while state appeals are being processed.

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