What high court action on same-sex marriage means for Florida

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Written by: Dan Sweeney

The U.S. Supreme Court's refusal to hear same-sex marriage appeals from five states means that in Florida, the final word on the subject will likely come from the federal appeals court or the state supreme court.

Supporters of same-sex marriage are asking the federal judge who overturned Florida's ban on same-sex marriages – and then promptly stayed his own decision – to now allow couples to get married.

Dan Tilley, an American Civil Liberties Union lawyer, said he will file within the next day or two asking U.S. District Court Judge Robert Hinkle to lift his own stay. The state, represented by Attorney General Pam Bondi, will have 17 days to respond, Tilley said.

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