Lawyers in Florida’s same-sex marriage case seek legal fees from state

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Jacksonville – The lawyers who won Florida’s same-sex marriage battle want the state to pay their legal fees accrued from the case.

One legal team out of Jacksonville is asking for more than $450,000. Another legal team is filing soon. They have yet to say how much they will be seeking.

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11th Circuit will wait for Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage bans

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Same-sex couples can continue to get married in Florida and begin tying the knot in Alabama on Feb. 9, thanks to a Feb. 4 decision by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.

The court issued a stay on any further action in the federal cases challenging bans on marriages for same-sex couples until the United States Supreme Court rules on the issue later this year. The 11th Circuit is currently hearing an appeal brought by Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi seeking to reverse a District Court ruling striking down Florida’s marriage ban, as well as two appeals from Alabama.

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Sen. Rubio doesn’t believe marriage equality is “a constitutional right”

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While Florida attorney general Pam Bondi is vague about her next steps in her fight against marriage equality, Sen. Marco Rubio is perfectly clear – he doesn’t agree with it and thinks Bondi should keep fighting it.

He’s been talking about it all week. In a Tuesday interview with CNN, Rubio said: “My position on [gay marriage] is pretty well-known. I mean, I believe that the institution of marriage is defined as the union of one man and one woman. I understand that voters in some states have changed that, and I respect it. And, you know, we have a court system that’s beginning to weigh in — and whatever the law is, we’re going to abide by it and respect it.”

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Watermark readers respond to FL AG announcement she’ll back off fighting same-sex marriage

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After a long fight against marriage equality, Florida attorney general Pam Bondi announced Jan. 1 that her office will no longer stand in the way.

Here is how Watermark readers responded: 

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25+ amicus briefs urge the end of Florida’s same-sex marriage ban

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As confusion mounts over whether or not same-sex couples can wed throughout Florida on Jan. 6 or just in a lone panhandle county, diverse groups are filing amicus briefs to ensure all of the state’s couples have marriage rights after the first week of the new year.

According to Equality Florida, more than 25 unique amicus briefs have been or will be submitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. Groups include law enforcement officials—including Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor—faith leaders and city and county municipalities from across the Sunshine State.

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Supreme Court won’t stop gay marriages in Florida

By : Patrick O'Connor
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MIAMI (AP) – Same-sex weddings may soon begin in Florida after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to block them.

The court said Friday it wouldn’t block the marriages. A federal judge previously declared Florida’s ban on gay marriage unconstitutional and said same-sex marriage licenses could start being issued in the state after Jan. 5 unless the Supreme Court intervened.

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ACLU fights to lift hold on marriage

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The American Civil Liberties Union is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reject a request by the state to keep same-sex marriage in Florida on hold.

On Dec. 16, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas requested that the plaintiffs respond to Florida attorney general Pam Bondi’s attempt to extend the stay on same-sex marriages that would otherwise expire end of day Jan. 5, 2015. Thomas set a deadline of 5 p.m. Dec. 18 for that response.

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ACLU files response in court case arguing Florida’s marriage ban

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The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a response to the state’s appeal of a federal court ruling that strikes down Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage.

To be clear – this is a separate filing than the legal wrangling over whether a stay on marriage will be extended or expires Jan. 5. The ACLU’s Dec. 17 brief is part of the core court cases that triggered the stay, at the 11th Circuit Court.

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Ally Agenda: Pam Bondi is not a whore.

By : Jamie Hyman
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Every time WatermarkOnline.com posts a story about Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s defense of the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, readers sprint to their keyboards and anxiously pound out the same brand of sexist insults, over and over.

This is a problem. This is the kind of dangerous problem that can kill progress, and the LGBT community needs to address it immediately.

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ACLU to file marriage equality response Dec. 18

By : Jamie Hyman
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The ACLU’s response on why marriage equality in Florida should not stay on hold will be filed Dec. 18.

On Dec. 16, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas requested that the plaintiffs respond to Florida attorney general Pam Bondi’s attempt to extend the stay on same-sex marriages that would otherwise expire end of day Jan. 5, 2015. Thomas set a deadline of 5 p.m. Dec. 18 for that response.

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Justice Thomas requests a response to Bondi’s attempt to keep same-sex marriage on hold

By : Jamie Hyman
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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is giving Florida attorney general Pam Bondi’s petition to keep marriage equality on hold the time of day.

On Dec. 16, Thomas requested that the plaintiffs respond to Bondi’s attempt to extend the stay on same-sex marriages that would otherwise expire end of day Jan. 5, 2015. Thomas has set a deadline of 5 p.m. Dec. 18 for that response.

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FL Attorney General asks Supreme Court to keep marriage on hold

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Tallahassee – Florida attorney general Pam Bondi is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to extend a stay on same-sex marriage in Florida.

On Dec. 3, the 11th District Court of Appeals denied the state’s request to extend a stay on same-sex marriages. That means the stay, put in place by U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle, expires Jan. 5 – at the end of the day, so marriages wouldn’t actually begin until Jan. 6.

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