Attorney General Pam Bondi Tries To Clear Confusion Over Gay Marriages


Judge To Clarify If Gay Marriages Will Be Allowed In Florida Or In A Single County

On Monday, Pam Bondi, who is the Attorney General of Florida, asked a Federal judge to clarify whether the earlier order that allowed same sex marriage was applicable for the whole state of Florida or just one rural county. There is one week to go before the order comes into effect. The emergency petition (which is 5 pages long and has been filed at the request of U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle) was filed by the county,which has been caught in the middle of this same sex marriage muddle. Bondi said that the court was the best authority to provide some clarity on the matter.

Stay On Same Sex Marriage Order To Expire On 5th January 2015

On 5th January, the stay on Hinkle’s order which allows same sex marriages lapses, and the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to extend that stay. If same sex marriage is legalized in Florida, then it will bring the number upto 36 states in America where same sex unions are allowed legally. There is still some dispute on whether the order will extend beyond the two men named in the case outside of Washington County in the Florida Panhandle. The Association of Florida Court Clerks and Comptrollers have warned the clerks there not to issue marriage licenses till the matter is cleared up. However, some clerks said that they will issue licenses anyway, and two state attorneys said that they will not prosecute anyone.

American Civil Liberties Union Of Florida Argues That Ruling Applies To All States

Equality Florida, which advocates same sex marriage, have said that any clerk not issuing a marriage license to same sex couples should face legal action. The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida said that the ruling applied to all the 67 states and according to them, “Florida is one state, not 67 separate states.”