Florida officials moving forward with appeal of same sex marriage

Officials in the state of Florida are moving forward with an appeal of a federal judge's ruling that said banning gay marriage in the state is unconstitutional.
By Heather Records   |   Sept. 5, 2014 at 12:38 AM

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Two weeks after a federal judge overturned Florida's ban on same-sex marriage, Attorney General Pam Bondi filed an appeal.

The appeal was filed in federal court late Thursday afternoon on behalf of Washington County clerk of courts Harold Bazzel, state Secretary of Management Services Craig Nichols, and state Surgeon General John Armstrong.

If the state had done nothing, then gay Floridians would have been allowed to marry starting on Sept. 22---which happens to be the fourth anniversary of the state's ban on allowing gay couples to adopt.

Now, gay and lesbian couples in Florida will likely have to wait until the U.S. Supreme Court decides the matter.

Bondi had previously stated the Supreme Court is the only one that can make a decision on gay marriage.

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