Let the wedding bells chime from Pensacola to Key West and all points in between.
Attorney General Pam Bondi had asked the court to block gay marriage while Florida fights to protect a 2008 constitutional amendment that allows only heterosexual couples to wed. In a one-paragraph order, the court decided not to step into the Florida case.
Same-sex marriage advocates immediately cheered the court’s ruling as a step toward marriage equality.
“We are ecstatic what the Supreme Court has done today,” said Daniel Tilley, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, which filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of same-sex couples and the LGBT-rights group SAVE. “We are so happy for our plaintiffs and all our same-sex couples who can go ahead and get married and have their marriages recognized in their home states.”
Reaction was more muted from Bondi, who issued a statement:
“Tonight, the United States Supreme Court denied the state’s request for a stay in the case before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. 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 January 5.”
Coincidentally, I had dinner last night with a local couple who got married about eighteen months ago in Vermont. So this means, I believe, that their marriage will be recognized here as well. Congratulations to them, too.