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Bondi: No Marriage Brief To SCOTUS

Via the Sarasota Herald-Tribune:
Although she continues to defend Florida’s ban on same-sex marriages, Attorney General Pam Bondi will not be filing a brief in the U.S. Supreme Court case that is likely to settle the issue of gay marriage in the nation. This week, Bondi told reporters and editors gathered at the Associated Press’ legislative planning session this week that her office has not decided whether to file an amicus — or friend-of-the-court — brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in defense of Florida’s constitutional ban against same sex marriages.We’re holding off on that right now, on the amicus (brief). We’re reviewing that,” she said. But Friday evening, Bondi’s office said the attorney general would not be filing an amicus brief as the nation’s highest court in April hears a group of cases from the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal that has upheld same-sex marriage bans in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. That federal appellate court’s opinion is in conflict with other appellate courts that have held the gay marriage bans are unconstitutional.
Still pending is Florida's appeal to the Eleventh Circuit Court.

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