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.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?!
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.