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ACLU to federal judge: Lift stay and allow same-sex couples to wed

The ACLU of Florida on Tuesday filed a brief asking U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle to lift his stay and immediately allow gay marriage in Florida.

“In light of yesterday’s pathbreaking development, Plaintiffs respectfully submit that the Court should lift the stay immediately,” ACLU lawyers wrote to Hinkle, who on Aug. 21 in Tallahassee ruled Florida’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional.

Hinkle said in August he would stay his ruling until after “the U.S. Supreme Court resolves the pending applications, at that time, from Utah, Oklahoma and Virginia,” according to ACLU of Florida Executive Director Howard Simon.

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court settled the gay marriage issue in Utah, Oklahoma and Virginia, along with Wisconsin and Indiana, when it announced justices would let stand federal court decisons allowing same-sex marriages in those states.

 

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