UPDATE 8/5

A Broward judge rules Florida's gay marriage ban and its refusal to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages unconstitutional.

 He joins judges from Miami-Dade and Monroe counties in striking down the state's same-sex marriage ban.

 The judge issued a stay on his ruling, anticipating Florida attorney general Pam Bondi to appeal.

 Attorneys are combining the Miami-Dade and Monroe cases and asking to go straight to the Florida Supreme Court.

 Bondi has until Thursday to respond to the request.

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A Broward judge rules that Florida must recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages, thereby deeming Florida's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.

The ruling comes after Heather Brassner filed a lawsuit to divorce a woman she married in Vermont in order to marry her new girlfriend.

This is the third time in recent weeks a judge rules against Florida's same-sex marriage ban.

The Broward judge immediately stayed his decision pending a state appeal.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has appealed the other two rulings in Monroe and Miami-Dade counties, triggering an automatic stay that prevents the issuing of marriage to same-sex couples in those counties.

(PHOTO: JEWEL SAMAD / 2013 AFP)