John M. Becker

BREAKING: 11th Circuit Declines to Stay FL Marriages

Filed By John M. Becker | December 03, 2014 3:15 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: Florida, gay marriage, marriage equality, same-sex marriage, stay

florida-satellite-view.jpgThe Eleventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has just denied Florida's request to stay a lower court ruling striking down the state's marriage discrimination amendment.

U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinckle handed down the ruling on August 21, but temporarily stayed it until the end of the day on January 5, 2015.

BuzzFeed adds:

Wednesday's ruling was not on the merits of the case challenging the ban, but only on whether the trial court's injunction barring the state from enforcing the ban could be put on hold during the state's appeal... Florida officials could seek review of the 11th Circuit stay denial decision from the Supreme Court. A stay request from Florida would be directed to Justice Clarence Thomas, who could decide the matter himself or refer it to the full court.

So with today's action by the 11th Circuit, same-sex couples in Florida will be able to marry and have their out-of-state marriages recognized beginning on January 6, 2015, unless the U.S. Supreme Court intervenes.

What a wonderful step towards marriage equality in the Sunshine State! Take that, Pam Bondi!!

A copy of the order is after the break, via Equality Case Files.

18202515 - ORDER Denying Stay by Equality Case Files

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