Florida attorney general asked to drop gay marriage appeals in light of Supreme Court ruling

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Tallahassee, Fla. — Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is being asked to drop her appeals in several ongoing lawsuits challenging the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

The request was made Oct. 6 by groups opposed to the ban after the U.S. Supreme Court turned away appeals from five states seeking to prohibit gay and lesbian unions.

Several Florida circuit judges and a U.S. judge in Tallahassee have already declared the state’s ban unconstitutional. Bondi and Gov. Rick Scott have appealed those rulings. The judges have agreed to stay their rulings pending those appeals.

Bondi has maintained all along she was waiting for the U.S. Supreme Court to resolve the issue.

Howard Simon, executive director of the ACLU of Florida, said his group is filing a request Monday that asks U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle to dissolve the stay he issued in the federal case.

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