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Federal judge: All Florida clerks have a duty to issue same-sex marriage licenses

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Attorney General Pam Bondi said she was pleased the court had offered “additional guidance” to clear up confusion surrounding his previous order.

“My office will not stand in the way as clerks of court determine how to proceed,” she said in an emailed statement.

While awaiting Hinkle’s clarification, a handful of Florida county clerks said they would stop offering courthouse wedding ceremonies, partly to avoid performing those ceremonies for same-sex couples.

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The clerks of court in Duval, Clay and Baker counties said they would have no choice but to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples when Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage expired.

However, they decided to end all courthouse weddings to avoid performing those ceremonies for same-sex couples, among other reasons.

The clerks in Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties also made similar announcements.

Duval County Clerk of Courts Ronnie Fussell told The Florida Times-Union that none of his staff members who currently officiate at wedding ceremonies felt comfortable performing same-sex weddings.

“It was decided as a team, as an office, this would be what we do so that there wouldn’t be any discrimination,” Fussell said. “The easiest way is to not do them at all.”

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