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December 19, 2014

Florida: January 5 for sure

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a request for a stay of the ruling that Florida's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. The current stay expires January 5. Which means, barring some tomfoolery, same-sex marriages will commence in Florida on that date. It appears the entire court voted on this one and the results were 7-2 with our favorites Scalia and Thomas in the minority.

Filed under Gay Issues | permalink | December 19, 2014 at 06:34 PM


It's likely that marriages in Florida will actually begin on Jan. 6 as the stay is in effect until Jan. 5 at 5:00 p.m.

As to the 7-2 vote, however, Attorney Arthur Leonard writes:

"On December 19, the Supreme Court issued an Order denying a Motion by Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi seeking an extension of a stay issued by the U.S. District Court in Florida of its ruling striking down the state’s ban on same-sex marriages. As usual, the Court issued no explanation for its decision, but it did indicate that Justices Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia would have granted the Motion. This doesn’t necessarily signify that the vote to deny the Motion was 7-2; it does signify that there was not a majority among the Justices for granting the Motion, and that Justices Thomas and Scalia felt strongly enough about the issue to have their positions noted for the record.

"While the Court did not explain its action, the signal it sent seems clear. There is a majority on the Supreme Court to strike down state bans on same-sex marriage. That is the only explanation for this ruling that makes sense, and the story of the past year tells why."
See: http://www.artleonardobservations.com/

Posted by: Andrew Taines at Dec 28, 2014 1:21:21 AM

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