ORLANDO (CBSMiami/AP) — The Clerk of Courts in Orange County has been given permission to issue same-sex marriage licenses beginning next week.
Circuit Judge Timothy Shea on Wednesday ruled that Orange County Clerk of Courts Tiffany Moore Russell won’t be breaking the law if she issues marriage licenses to same-sex couples when Florida’s ban on gay marriage is lifted next Tuesday, January 6th.
Moore Russell had petitioned the court for a ruling, given the confusion among Florida’s clerks of courts whether the lifting of the gay marriage ban applied to counties other than Washington County.
The remote county in Florida’s Panhandle is where a lawsuit challenging the state’s ban on gay marriage originated.
The association that represents county clerks has said the ruling applies only in Washington County.
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