Unless the US Supreme Court intervenes, same-sex marriages will begin in the state of Florida at the end of the day on 5 January.
The US Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday (3 December) declined to extend a stay on same-sex marriages in the Sunshine State which is now poised to become the 36th state with marriage equality.
A federal judge had struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriages in August. Florida’s Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi had sought to extend the ban past 5 January.
The federal appeals court stated in its order: ‘Having reviewed and fully considered the Motion, the parties’ briefs, and the orders issued by the District Court in the proceedings below, the Court hereby denies Appellants’ Motion. The stay of preliminary injunctions entered by the District Court expires at the end of the day on January 5, 2014.’