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Bartenders' lawyer to attorney general: Let's jointly take gay marriage case to Florida Supreme Court

Updated Tuesday at 3:24 p.m.

Bernadette Restivo, who represents Key West bartenders Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones in their gay marriage suit against Monroe County Clerk Amy Heavilin, says the case should bypass the Third District Court of Appeal and go directly to the Florida Supreme Court.

"Last Friday afternoon, I called the attorney general's office and spoke to the attorney handling this case and made the suggestion that we jointly take this case directly to the Florida Supreme Court," Restivo said Tuesday. "I made the argument that it will obviously be more expeditious, save a lot of tax dollars and judicial resources."

Florida Assistant Attorney General Adam Tanenbaum, who is representing Attorney General Pam Bondi in both the Monroe and Miami-Dade County lawsuits, did not indicate to Restivo whether he agreed.

"He said it was not his decision to  make, but that he would get back to us," says Restivo, who represents Huntsman and Jones with law partner Elena Vigil-Fariñas. "He has not."

From Jenn Meale, Bondi’s spokeswoman: “We are not commenting on the ongoing litigation.”


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