Pam Bondi defers gay marriage to court

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Attorney General Pam Bondi says she is not backing away from challenging rulings in favor of gay marriage in the state, she is consolidating the cases.

Bondi attended a meeting of the Republican Party's Executive Committee meeting in Clearwater on Monday night, and protesters were waiting outside.

"This is about the school to prison pipeline," said one protester.

"My issue is that she isn't doing anything about voter rights," said another.

"She needs to hold corporations responsible like big sugar," said another.

"I just find it terrible she would appeal a court case," said a gay marriage supporter.

First, a judge in Monroe County ruled that the gay marriage ban was unconstitutional, Bondi filed an immediate appeal. Then, judges in Miami-Dade and Broward counties overturned the ban as well. When the fourth judge ruled the same in Palm Beach County, Bondi appeared to back off.

"We consolidated cases," said Bondi. "There were multiple cases going and again, you need uniformity. You need one court, the U.S. Supreme Court, that's where Utah is going, to decide this case. That's where it will ultimately be decided. We can't waste taxpayers' dollars."

In 2008, Florida voted to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Bondi says changing social attitudes do not affect that. "Florida voters, eight years ago, by over 60 percent, voted this into our Constitution. It's my job as attorney general to defend it," Bondi said.


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