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Gay Rights Groups Push Gov. Scott For Action On Same-Sex Marriage Debate

 
Gay Rights Groups Push Gov. Scott For Action On Same-Sex Marriage Debate
Posted August 22nd, 2014 @ 5:00am

UPDATE 8/22 5:00am

It's a new day for gay rights groups in Florida as they turn their attention to Governor Rick Scott.

They're asking the Governor to push the state Supreme Court to hear the gay marriage debate.

It comes a day after a federal judge in Tallahassee overturned the ban on same-sex marriage, saying its unconstitutional based on the 14th amendment's rights of equal protection.

Stratton Pollitzer with Equality Florida says Governor Scott needs to stop stalling.

"He (Scott) has a responsibility to tell us where he stands and we hope he will join us in urging the Florida Supreme Court to take up this issue right away," adds Pollitzer, "our families have waited too long already."

Thursday's ruling was immediately stayed by the judge to allow time for appeals in the federal case.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has appealed the previous rulings striking down the ban in Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach counties. Hinkle's ruling allows time for appeals in the federal case.

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MIAMI (AP) — A federal judge has declared Florida's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, joining state judges in four counties who have sided with gay couples wishing to tie the knot.

U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle in Tallahassee ruled Thursday that the ban added to Florida's constitution by voters in 2008 violates the 14th Amendment's guarantees of equal protection and due process. Hinkle issued a stay delaying the effect of his order, meaning no marriage licenses will be immediately issued for gay couples.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has appealed the previous rulings striking down the ban in Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach counties. Hinkle's ruling allows time for appeals in the federal case.

A number of similar rulings around the country have been put on hold while appeals are pursued.

(Photo: Andy Newman / Florida Keys News Bureau)

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