US Supreme Court won't block gay marriage in Fla.

by Joni B. Hannigan , Editorial Staff |

(Joni B. Hannigan)

MIAMI (Christian Examiner) -- Despite a fight by Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi to uphold Florida's ban on same-sex marriage, the Associated Press reported the U.S. Supreme Court said today it would not block the marriages.

A federal judge earlier had said the ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional, and unless  the Supreme Court intervened same sex marriage licenses could be issued in the state after Jan. 5.

In 2008, Florida voters, by a margin of 62 percent to 38 percent, approved The Marriage Protection Amendment which added Article I, Section 27 to the state constitution: Inasmuch as marriage is the legal union of only one man and one woman as husband and wife, no other legal union that is treated as marriage or the substantial equivalent thereof shall be valid or recognized.