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Some Analysis On Florida

Via Chris Johnson at Washington Blade:
The refusal from the Supreme Court to stay same-sex marriages in Florida is noteworthy because although justices have denied similar requests to halt same-sex marriages in Alaska, Idaho, South Carolina and Kansas, they’ve never done so before in a state where a federal appeals court has yet to rule on the issue. The decision with regard to Florida could be a sign the Supreme Court is ready to rule in favor of nationwide marriage equality no matter what the federal appeals courts decide in the interim.
From Chris Geidner at Buzzfeed:
While the decision from the Supreme Court has no bearing, technically, on the issue of whether marriage ban such as Florida’s are constitutional, it does show a growing comfort with the justices to allowing same-sex couples to marry before they themselves have resolved the issue definitively. A year ago, when same-sex couples began marrying in Utah, for example, the Supreme Court weighed in a few weeks after the marriages started — issuing a stay while the appeals court considered the issue. Now, less than a year later, only two justices announced that they would have granted Florida’s stay request.
Now we begin the battle with the county clerks.

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