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US Supreme Court allows gay marriage in Florida, marriages to start Jan 6

US Supreme Court allows gay marriage in Florida, marriages to start Jan 6

Florida is on its way to becoming the 36th state in the US to allow same-sex marriage after the US Supreme Court on Friday the US Supreme Court cleared the way for weddings in the state to start next month.

The Supreme Court ruled 7-2, the Miami Herald reported.

Florida’s Republican attorney general, Pamela Jo Bondi, had asked the Supreme Court to block an earlier ruling by US District Judge Robert L Hinkle in August, which declared the state’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.

In a statement, Bondi’s office said wanted the Supreme Court to interwine to "maintain uniformity and order throughout Florida until final resolution of the numerous challenges to the voter-approved constitutional amendment on marriage."

Twenty-one people challenged the state’s ban on same-sex marriage in two lawsuits.

Hinkle said the law was unconstitutional, though he delayed the effective date of his ruling for almost six months.

 A ruling by the US 11th Circuit Court of Appeal in Atlanta on Dec 3 opened the possibility of statewide marriages to start Jan 6.

Earlier this month, Florida’s Broward county judge Dale Cohen overturned the state’s ban on gay marriage for a second time after he vacated his first ruling on a legal technicality.