ACLU asks federal judge to allow same-sex couples to marry in Florida

Marriage equality supports gather outside a Florida courthouse on July 2, 2014. LGBTQ Nation

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A federal judge is being asked to allow same sex couples to marry in Florida in the wake of a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Marriage equality supports gather outside a Florida courthouse on July 2, 2014.

Marriage equality supports gather outside a Florida courthouse on July 2, 2014.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida filed a motion Tuesday with U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle. Hinkle previously ruled Florida’s ban on gay marriage unconstitutional, but stayed the ruling until other cases around the country were resolved.

The U.S. Supreme Court decided this week to turn away appeals from five states seeking to prohibit gay and lesbian unions.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office said it will fight the request.

Gov. Rick Scott said in a statement that it was Bondi’s duty to defend the state constitution and the outcome will be decided by the courts.

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