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Fla. AG defends fight against same-sex marriage: ‘I’m just getting started’

Friday, August 22, 2014
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Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is defending her fight against five state and federal court rulings declaring the state’s same-sex marriage ban as unconstitutional.

Attorney General Pam Bondi (R-Fla.)

Attorney General Pam Bondi (R-Fla.)

Appearing before a group of Republican supporters Thursday — just hours after a federal judge ruled against the ban — Bondi said she took an oath “to defend the Constitution of the state of Florida” and vowed to continue to defend the ban, approved by voters in 2008.

Judges in four Florida counties – Palm Beach, Monroe, Miami-Dade and Broward – have overturned the ban, but no marriage licenses have been issued because Bondi has appealed. A fifth ruling on Thursday, this time by a federal judge, has also been stayed pedning appeal.

Bondi says judges should stop ruling on same-sex marriage cases until the U.S. Supreme Court decides whether states can ban gay marriage, the state’s attorney general said Friday.

“The U.S. Supreme Court’s going to hear this. They are going to make this determination.” Bondi said Thursday. “This is me doing my job as attorney general. And I will continue to do that and if anybody wants me to moderate my message or stand for less I have a message for them: I am just getting started.”

Bondi is up for re-election this year; her two rivals competing for the Democratic nomination for attorney general have both said they’d stop defending the same-sex marriage ban.

Bondi has said in court documents that same-sex marriage would “impose significant public harm.”

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