Gay-Rights Group Demands Pam Bondi Get Out of the Way

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Even with four Florida judges ruling in the past three weeks that the ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, State Attorney General Pam Bondi has stepped in to appeal and keep same-sex marriage illegal in Florida.

On Friday, Bondi filed two motions in a state appeals court requesting a freeze on appeals by same-sex couples who are challenging Florida's gay marriage ban. With the motions, Bondi wants the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether states have the right to ban gay marriage. Her contention is that it would be a burden on the state's taxpayers to keep bringing these issues to court.

But the same group that sent Bondi 7,000 signed petitions asking her to "stop wasting taxpayer resources defending the state's discriminatory exclusion of gay and lesbian couples from marriage" are calling her out.

The group, Equality Florida, says Bondi's request of a freeze on appeals of cases is nothing more than a delay tactic coming from an attorney general well-known for being outspoken against same-sex marriage.

"Apparently Florida's attorney general has run out of arguments in her attempt to defend the indefensible," Nadine Smith, CEO of Equality Florida, said via a statement. "This is a clear attempt to delay resolution on an issue the majority of Floridians support."

If Bondi's is motion is approved, the hope for legalization of same-sex marriage in Florida would be mired in the legal system as SCOTUS tackles the issue.

"There is no certainty when or even if the Supreme Court will take a marriage case," Smith says. "While Bondi delays, thousands of Florida families are denied the security and protections that come with the freedom to marry."

Bondi has indeed been vocal about her stance against same-sex marriage in Florida. Just last month, she argued against six gay and lesbian couples suing the state for the legalization of same-sex marriage.

Bondi wrote, "Disrupting Florida's existing marriage laws would impose significant public harm."

She added, "Florida's marriage laws have a close, direct and rational relationship to society's legitimate interest in increasing the likelihood that children will be born to and raised by the mothers and fathers who produced them in stable and enduring family units."

Yet even with her opposition, more and more polls show the majority of Floridians support the freedom to marry for same-sex couples.

Bondi's motion on Friday, however, seemed devoid of her "significant public harm" stance and more focused on saving taxpayers money and not burdening the courts with more and more appeals.

"We agree on one thing," Smith says. "Bondi should stop wasting taxpayer dollars. We call on her to take the position of nine other attorneys general who have chosen not to defend an unjust law. Either end the appeals or urge the Florida Supreme Court to take the matter up right away.

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OrlandoChris
OrlandoChris

A powerful action would be to vote for Adrian Wyllie for Florida Governor

norman.dostal
norman.dostal

Vote this blonde bimbo out of office! She has been married twice and tried to do it a third time before the guy wised up and dumped her skanky butt!

Ben Pogue
Ben Pogue

...On a side note, has Chapter 798 of the 2013 Florida Statutes been done away with? If not, Ms Bondi is breaking the law herself, consistently hypocritical, she has performed well as Rick Scott's minion ......

Russ Ginsberg
Russ Ginsberg

It seems Pam Bondi has been married 3 times. She just can't seem to get it right. I guess Pam feels that if she can't be happy, nobody should. Just saying........

James Kendall
James Kendall

Dan, from the looks of that picture it would seem that she's already been hit by the train lol

Dan K. Alexander
Dan K. Alexander

Let that flaky fool stand on the tracks! That way she'll be dirtier come time to re-elect.

Pete Pepper
Pete Pepper

The GOP never listens to what the people want, they just want to use the issue to anger their own base of rabid and hate filled morons.

jr2prod
jr2prod

Not ALL GOP people are the same.  Take it from a married gay GOP couple who support the right for us to marry.  Just saying, don't stereotype a whole group based on the foolishness of some, it makes you no better than the people you are enraged against.

norman.dostal
norman.dostal

well, gay GOP members are the lowest of the low-sacrificing their own kind for a few bucks! and republicans arent even fiscally conservative anymore! why on earth would you be a gay republican voting for people who's party plank insist you be a second class citizen?????? pretty gross!

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