Same sex couples in Florida will have to wait until next year to wed in the state after U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle on Wednesday ruled he would keep his stay in place until Jan. 5.
(That day also happens to be the day the state's top opponents to lifting the ban, Attorney General Pam Bondi and Gov. Rick Scott, are inaugurated to their second terms.)
“We are disappointed that the day in which all Florida families are treated with fairness and dignity under the law is not happening sooner, but that day is still coming,” said Daniel Tilley, an attorney for the ACLU of Florida, which originally filed the federal lawsuit on behalf of eight same-sex couples and LGBT-rights group SAVE.
Hinkle ruled in August that Florida’s same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional and stayed his ruling. Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi appealed his decision to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta.
Last month, the ACLU of Florida asked Hinkle to lift his stay after the U.S. Supreme Court announced it would not hear federal appeals of similar gay-marriage victories in Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia, Wisconsin and Indiana. More here.