John M. Becker

Florida Supremes Asked to Rule on Marriage Ban

Filed By John M. Becker | August 27, 2014 4:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: Florida, Florida Supreme Court, gay marriage, marriage discrimination, marriage equality, Pam Bondi, same-sex marriage

florida-satellite-view.jpgA Florida appeals court today asked the state's Supreme Court to rule on the constitutionality of the Sunshine State's marriage discrimination amendment, the AP reports:

In an unusual decision, the state's 2nd District Court of Appeal on Wednesday asked the Florida Supreme Court to settle the question due to "great public importance." If the high court takes up the case, it could result in having the issue settled even before the U.S. Supreme Court acts.

The ruling is connected to a Hillsborough County divorce case involving a same-sex couple who had been married in Massachusetts but since relocated to the Tampa area. Their petition to dissolve their marriage was rejected by a Florida judge who noted that state law does not recognize gay marriage.

"Resolution of the constitutional questions will no doubt impact far more individuals than the two involved here," states the unsigned opinion. "And there can be little doubt that until the constitutional questions are finally resolved by the Florida Supreme Court or the United States Supreme Court, there will be a great impact on the proper administration of justice in Florida."

The court's request is also something of a rebuke to anti-gay Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi, who earlier this month filed motions in Miami's 3rd District Court of Appeals demanding a freeze on all further same-sex marriage rulings until the U.S. Supreme Court settles the issue.

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