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Fla. county wants to withhold tax dollars from being used to fight marriage rulings

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Broward County, Fla., Commissioners on Tuesday approved a resolution supporting same-sex marriage, and are asking the county attorney to research ways to withhold taxpayer funding from the state that would be used in the appeals process.

WSVN-TV reports that the commissioners voted unanimously to oppose Florida’s same-sex marriage ban, and hope to send a message to Attorney General Pam Bondi by withholding county funds while the state fights rulings from four Florida counties that have declared the ban unconstitutional.

“We want to show that opposition not just by submitting a resolution, but by withholding our donor county dollars that are quite frankly right now going to Tallahassee to fund this appeal process with which we are adamantly opposed,” said Commissioner Stacy Ritter.

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While judges in four Florida counties – Palm Beach, Monroe, Miami-Dade and Broward – have overturned the ban, no marriage licenses have been issued to same-sex couples because Bondi has appealed the rulings.

Bondi, a Republican, said the state should defer to the U.S. Supreme Court to consider and rule on the issue, but commissioners say there is no guarantee the high court will undertake the matter.

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