Judge: Orange County clerk can issue same-sex marriage licenses
The clerk's office filed an emergency petition Tuesday to get a clear ruling on the matter.
Judge Timothy R. Shea granted the petition, paving the way for the office to issue the licenses.
"In issuing a same-sex marriage license the Honorable Tiffany Moore Russell, Orange County Clerk of Court for Orange County Florida, would not be engaging in a violation of either criminal or civil laws of the State of Florida," the ruling said.
A federal judge previously declared Florida's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional and said same-sex marriage licenses could be issued in the state after Jan. 5 unless the Supreme Court intervened. The Supreme Court