Fla gay marriage fight heading to state Supreme Court

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Should gay marriage be legal in Florida? That decision that could soon be up to Florida's highest court.

Attorneys for a gay couple who won the right to marry filed papers Monday asking an appeal's court to move the case directly to the Florida Supreme Court.

A Monroe County judge ruled the state's 2008 gay marriage ban was unconstitutional. It was a win for Aaron Huntsman and William Lee, who have not been allowed to get married in Florida.

Days later a Miami-Dade County judge struck down the ban as well.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi appealed both rulings creating an automatic stay. Supporters of marriage in Florida hope moving the case straight to the Supreme Court will expedite the process.

"It would be nice if tomorrow everybody could go out and get married, but unfortunately appeals are a necessary evil in the process," said Martin Gill with Family Tree Community Center in Tallahassee.

Both cases are now being considered by the Florida 3rd District Court of Appeal. A total of 19 other states recognize same-sex marriage with several others going through the appeals process as well.


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