The U.S. Supreme Court has denied Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s request to extend a stay continuing the state ban on marriage equality. This means that same-sex couples will be able to marry in Florida on January 6.
However, it’s still not totally clear which county clerks will be issuing marriage licenses. Only one county was named in the original lawsuit where a judge ruled that Florida had to allow same-sex marriages to be recognized.
Also still unresolved: whether clerks in the state’s 67 counties will adhere to the federal court ruling that declared Florida’s gay-marriage ban unconstitutional. The law firm representing the clerks’ association has warned them they could be in violation of Florida law if they issue same-sex marriage licenses before the U.S. Supreme Court settles the issue. …
According to the ACLU, once the stay is lifted, Florida must recognize all same-sex marriages performed out of state.
“Every same-sex couple that has been married in another state or another country will have their marriage recognized and they will qualify for the benefits with marriage: health insurance, pensions, all the practical benefits that come with marriage,” Simon said. “That will happen 12:01 on Jan. 6.”
On the one hand, yay! On the other, is it really so hard to extend marriage equality to the whole state rather than keeping it to one county on a technicality?