ICYMI: Gay Marriage Begins in Florida Jan. 6

by Rachel Baker on December 22, 2014

While there will be a whole ton of people who have issue with this because they think that 1. marriage is a moral issue and 2. they have the right to dictate other people’s morals, there will be a whole ton of other people who will find this incredibly great news.

Read more: Gay Marriage Begins in Florida Jan. 6 as U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Bondi’s Plea For Stay

It’s no longer a maybe, an if or a pending: clerks of court in Florida must begin issuing gay-marriage licenses on Jan. 6 as the U.S. Supreme Court Friday evening denied Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s request that a stay on the matter be extended.

The August 21 federal court ruling by U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle striking down the marriage ban was the result of two cases — one brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida on behalf of eight couples, a Fort Myers widow, and SAVE, South Florida’s largest LGBT rights organization; the other by Jacksonville attorneys William Sheppard and Sam Jacobson on behalf of two couples. A temporary stay was placed on that ruling.

On November 5th, Judge Hinkle issued an order stating that the stay would be lifted at the end of the day on Jan. 5. The state asked the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, where the appeal of the decision is pending, to extend the stay for the duration of the appeal. When the 11th Circuit denied that request, Florida’s attorney general filed an application for a stay extension at the U.S. Supreme Court.

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