Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release
December 15, 2014
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Memo: Attorney General's Office Files Application to Stay Preliminary Injunctions in Same Sex Marriage Case

Date: Dec. 15, 2014

To: Interested media

From: Jenn Meale, Communications Director for the Attorney General’s Office

Re: Attorney General’s Office files application to stay preliminary injunctions pending appeal filed in the U.S. Supreme Court in consolidated same sex marriage case.

When the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida ordered the Washington County Clerk of Court to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple, it temporarily stayed the order. That stay is now set to expire at the end of the day on Jan. 5, 2015. The recent decision denying a longer stay has created statewide confusion about the effect of the injunction, which is directed to only one of Florida's sixty-seven clerks of court.

In a continuation of the effort to maintain uniformity and order throughout Florida until final resolution of the numerous challenges to the voter-approved constitutional amendment on marriage, the Attorney General’s Office filed with the United States Supreme Court an application to extend the stay. If the Supreme Court grants the application, the stay will remain in place during the state's appeal. If the Supreme Court denies the stay, then the preliminary injunction will become effective at the end of the day on Jan. 5, 2015.

To view the application, follow this hyperlink:$file/SCOTUSSTAYAPPLICATION.pdf