Marriage Equality in Florida …. Update #2!!


~~December 22, 2014~~ 

I find this reality to be very interesting. It shows me, a lay person, that the justice system in this country, in any level that you may think of, is discordant, disconnected, dysfunctional and any other “dys” you can think of. 

This is a “battle” that has been raging in the USA for a while. It’s been an uphill battle and fora while it looked like there was a momentum going … a literal domino effect. 

Yet, in Florida … there is one obstacle after another. The most recent being Attorney General Pam Bondi trying for the nth time to extend the existing ban past January 6 when it expires. That seems to be ironed out. Now the problem is that the clerks who issue marriage licenses are under the threat of fines and even imprisonment if they issue any licenses coming January 6, 2015. 

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Florida Threat: Arresting Officials Who Let Gays Get Married

Florida’s State Court Clerks Association has begun sending out notices to clerks throughout the state informing them that they may face legal action if they issue marriage licenses to same sex couples this upcoming January.

Florida’s Court Clerks & Comptrollers’ duty is to act in accordance with Florida law,” warned the association in a statement. “Florida Statutes are unique in regard to prohibiting the issuance of a marriage license to a couple that is not a man and a woman, in that it provides that a Clerk who violates this prohibition is guilty of a criminal act and subject to a fine and/or imprisonment.”

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By: Matt Baume

Florida clerks can start issuing marriage licenses to gay couples in January — but if they do, they could risk arrest and jail time. An anti-gay group in Hawaii is still trying — and failing — to stop marriages. And things are still looking bad for the National Organization for Marriage.

Marriage is supposed to start in Florida on January 6th, but that doesn’t mean it will. Back in August, a federal judge ruled against the state’s marriage ban, and after months of waiting, his ruling is scheduled to finally go into effect on January 6. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi asked the US Supreme Court for another delay, but on Friday they said no, the marriages can go ahead.

The situation is complicated because as of January 6th, the ban will be officially unconstitutional, but also still on the books. Florida’s marriage ban includes some really steep penalties, and clerks who obey the judge’s ruling and issue a license could be arrested, and thrown in jail for a year. It would be crazy if that actually happened, but all it would take is a clerk willing to test the law, and a prosecutor willing test it back at them. We don’t know if that’ll going to happen, and we might not find out until the stay expires in January.

“As it appears in …. “

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/matt-baume/florida-threat-arresting_b_6364562.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000050

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~Threat of Arrest for Letting Gays Marry: Dec 22~

American Foundation for Equal Rights

~~Published on Dec 21, 2014~~

Florida clerks can start issuing marriage licenses to gay couples in January — but if they do, they could risk arrest and jail time. An anti-gay group in Hawaii is still trying — and failing — to stop marriages. And things are still looking bad for the National Organization for Marriage.

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~~RELATED~~ 

https://hrexach.wordpress.com/2014/12/12/central-florida-gets-married-january-6-2014/

https://hrexach.wordpress.com/2014/12/17/pam-bondi-floridas-attorney-general-at-it-again/

https://hrexach.wordpress.com/2014/12/18/another-obstacle-marriage-equality-in-florida/

https://hrexach.wordpress.com/2014/12/20/marriage-equality-in-florida-update/

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5 thoughts on “Marriage Equality in Florida …. Update #2!!

  1. Pingback: Marriage Equality in Florida …. Update #3!! Dare we hope? | It Is What It Is

    • Yes, indeed … the issue is that you never expected anything. I didn’t think I would ever see this in my lifetime. How it’s so close …. sometimes feels like the proverbial dangling carrot … yes, no, yes but … no, don’t think so.
      Very frustrating. I thought I had given up on this possibility and now it’s even so close yet so far!! 😦

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