Friday, December 19, 2014

VICTORY: Stay Denied!


Same-sex marriages will commence in Florida January 6th!

The U.S. Supreme Court Friday evening denied Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s request to Justice Clarence Thomas that he extend a stay in the federal case of eight gay and lesbian couples. 
“The application for stay presented to Justice Thomas and by him referred to the Court is denied,” the Supreme Court announced Friday night. 
“The Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in favor of allowing the injunction to go into effect after Jan. 5,” said attorney Stephen F. Rosenthal of Miami law firm Podhurst Orseck, who is working with the ACLU of Florida in the case of eight same-sex couples and a Fort Myers widow seeking to have their out-of-state marriages recognized in Florida. 
Said Howard Simon, executive director of the ACLU of Florida: “I’m hoping this was Bondi’s last stand. Congratulations to all the people we represented and our great legal team in this historic victory.”
Correct me if I'm wrong, but Thomas had authority to grant the stay himself. Instead he referred it to the full court where he and Scalia were the two in dissent.
Over the dissents of two Justices, the Supreme Court late Friday afternoon refused to delay — beyond January 5 — a federal judge’s order that would permit same-sex couples in Florida to marry after that day. 
Neither the apparent majority of seven nor the two dissenters gave any explanation.  Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas simply noted that they would have granted the plea by state officials to extend the postponement beyond the early January date.

In refusing the request by Florida officials, the Court followed the pattern that it had maintained for the past two-and-a-half months of routinely turning aside requests to put on hold lower court rulings that had struck down state bans on same-sex marriage. 
This all bodes well for marriage equality nationwide in 2015! We finally ended Florida's part in the cold war and established equality for gays and lesbians all in one week! Who says we can't make progress?!

XO GW

8 comments:

  1. Soon Florida will be in the late 20th Century!

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  2. Are we accusing Florida of progress?

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  3. PAMMY SUCKS ASS

    sorry

    You're all thinking it , I'm just saying it.

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  4. Congratulations! But when your gay marriage/cruise goes astray and you need the services of an attorney who specializes in gay cruise marriage divorce, give us a call.

    Whether it's Adam or Steve, we aim to please!

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  5. We all do well when we all do well.

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  6. In light of the Greenberg Traurig memo, which states that the N.D. Fla. ruling only applies to one county in N. Florida, does anyone know if Harvey Ruvin and Howard Forman will be issuing licenses to same sex couples on Jan. 6th, absent any further guidance from the N.D. Fla.? I know Monroe County has said it will issue but Jacksonville (Duval), for instance, said it won't.

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