The suits against the ban on marriage equality in Florida get to move up the appeals chain.
From Jonathan Kendall at Riptide:
[T]he Third District Court of Appeal in Miami denied a motion by Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi to freeze the marriage equality cases in Miami-Dade and Monroe County from advancing through the court system.
“The Third District Court denied her the motion to stay briefings, which was seen as a delaying tactic to slow or stop the case for marriage equality from going forward in Florida,” said Mark Ebenhoch, the media director for Aaron Huntsman and William “Lee” Jones, one of the South Florida couples challenging the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.
The judges also consolidated both the Pareto case in Miami-Dade and the Huntsman case in Monroe County, since both lawsuits similarly challenge the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. This means the six couples and the Equality Florida Institute in the Pareto case will advance through the litigation process with Aaron Huntsman and William “Lee” Jones from Key West as a united force.
If the Third District Court of Appeal passes the case to the Florida Supreme Court, it will be following in suit of yesterday’s decision by the Second District Court of Appeal in Lakeland to send to matter directly to the highest court in Florida to settle whether the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is constitutional.
The timing couldn’t be worse for Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who is running for re-election in November. So far she and the anti-marriage equality crowd have lost in every case, and keeping them in the headlines rather than ignoring them until after the election only reminds people, including folks who show up in videos like the one below, that she’s a loser.