Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Florida legalizes Same Sex Marriage 12/31/2014

Judge: Orange County clerk can issue same-sex marriage licenses

Updated: 2:32 PM December 31, 2014
The Orange County Clerk of Courts can begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses on Jan. 6, 2015, according to a judge's ruling.  

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 

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