US Supreme Court Denies Florida’s Twice-Divorced AG’s Request To Stop Gay Marriage

Florida’s twice-divorced Republican Attorney General, Pam Bondi, has finally exhausted all options in her attempt to thwart several court rulings in favor of same-sex marriage in the Sunshine State.

On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court denied Bondi’s petition asking Justice Clarence Thomas to place a stay on rulings that struck down Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage.

This means Florida’s Governor and Attorney General have run out of all options to stop same-sex weddings which will begin January 6, 2015.

In a statement issued this evening, Bondi said Florida will abide by the Supreme Court’s decision to allow the stay to expire after Jan. 5. “Tonight, the United States Supreme Court denied the State’s request for a stay in the case before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals,” Bondi said. “Regardless of the ruling it has always been our goal to have uniformity throughout Florida until the final resolution of the numerous challenges to the voter-approved constitutional amendment on marriage. Nonetheless, the Supreme Court has now spoken, and the stay will end on Jan. 5.”

The Washington Blade adds:

The refusal from the Supreme Court to stay same-sex marriages in Florida is noteworthy because although justices have denied similar requests to halt same-sex marriages in Alaska, Idaho, South Carolina and Kansas, they’ve never done so before in a state where a federal appeals court has yet to rule on the issue. The decision with regard to Florida could be a sign the Supreme Court is ready to rule in favor of nationwide marriage equality no matter what the federal appeals courts decide in the interim. – See more at: http://www.washingtonblade.com/2014/12/19/supreme-court-wont-halt-florida-sex-marriages/#sthash.zH0g5leg.dpuf

[H/T: NCRM]