Fla. Attorney General: Same-Sex Marriage Would ‘Harm’ State

May 30, 2014

Written By: Michael K. Lavers

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi earlier this month argued in court documents that the recognition of same-sex marriages legally performed in other jurisdictions would “irreparably harm” her state.

“An injunction would irreparably harm the state of Florida,” she wrote in a 34-page motion she filed with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida in Tallahassee on May 12 that seeks the dismissal of a lawsuit the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida filed in March on behalf of eight same-sex couples who are seeking recognition of their out-of-state marriages. “Plaintiffs seek to enjoin a duly enacted constitutional amendment and statutory law. Enjoining democratically enacted legislation harms state officials by restraining them from implementing the will of the people that they represent.” 

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