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Democrats to Scott, Bondi: Stop fighting against marriage equality

A day after a federal judge struck down Florida's ban on same-sex marriages, the state Democratic Party urged Republican Gov. Rick Scott to let the decision stand.

"While we had a great victory yesterday, we are hoping to see that change be implemented quickly," Florida Democratic Party Political Director Christian Ulvert told reporters on a press call. "It is now on the attorney general and Gov. Rick Scott to stop their efforts to appeal, in hopes that we can achieve the full equality that all Florida residents deserve."

Attorney General Pam Bondi has not said whether her office will appeal the federal decision.

Her office is, however, appealing similar rulings in other courts.

Rep. Joe Saunders, D-Orlando, noted that Thursday’s ruling was the fifth in Florida to declare the same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional.

Saunders called on Scott to support gay and lesbian couples and families.

"For too long, we've seen Gov. Scott bob and weave around the issue of marriage equality in Florida," Saunders said. "I think voters want to know. They want to know whether he's going to stand on the right side of history."

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nan Rich, a former state senator from Weston, released a similar statement in January, before any of the court cases were decided.

"Florida’s same-sex marriage ban will ultimately lose in court, and it should," Rich said at the time. "Governor Scott and Attorney General Bondi should embrace equality for all Florida families and let this law die."