TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is asking a federal judge to keep the state’s ban on gay marriage in place despite a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision.
The court’s decision to turn away appeals from five states prompted the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida as well as lawyers representing same-sex couples to ask a federal judge in Tallahassee to allow same-sex marriages.
But Bondi on Friday asked that U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle keep the state’s ban in place while the state pursues appeals. Hinkle ruled Florida’s ban on gay marriage unconstitutional this summer, but stayed the ruling until other cases around the country were resolved.
Bondi’s court filings said there is a “great public interest” in keeping the state’s marriage laws stable at this point.
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