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Pam Bondi: Let's save $ and delay decision on whether to overturn gay marriage ban



Rather than argue Florida's gay-marriage debate at the state Supreme Court, Attorney General Pam Bondi says she'd rather wait until the U.S. Supreme Court settles the issue nationally, once and for all.

"Neither this Court nor the Florida Supreme Court can decide this federal issue with finality," Bondi wrote in a filing late Thursday to the state's 3rd District Court of Appeal. "The United States Supreme Court, however, 'has the final word on the United States Constitution.' "

Bondi told the appeals court she expects the U.S. Supreme Court will act soon on the gay marriage issue. She cited filings this week from the states of Utah and Oklahoma asking their gay-marriage cases be heard by the nation's highest court.

"A ruling from the United States Supreme Court would end the constitutional debate, end this appeal, and end all related cases," Bondi wrote. "The State of Florida will respect the United States Supreme Court's final word. In the meantime, this Court should preserve taxpayer and judicial resources by staying briefing until the United States Supreme Court rules.

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From the Florida Democratic Party: Instead of simply suspending her bigoted defense the ban, as seven Attorneys General across the United States have done, Pam Bondi wants LGBT Floridians to just cool their jets.

The citizens who have bravely stood up for their rights are not the ones wasting taxpayer money — that responsibility lies squarely on Pam Bondi’s shoulders. And her newfound economic  economic argument rings hollow for another reason: last year, Bondi spent “taxpayer and judicial resources” defending a polluter 800 miles away in the Chesapeake Bay.

[Last modified: Friday, August 8, 2014 4:36pm]


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