Florida Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi says she is "so proud" of the work she has been doing -- fighting human trafficking, illegal drugs, and ensuring the unconstitutional ban on same-sex marriage stays in place as long as possible. At least until after the November election.
Pam Bondi has repeatedly come under attack this year, not only for defending the Sunshine State's unconstitutional ban on same-sex marriage, but for how she's done it.Â
In court filings, Bondi claimed thatÂ recognizing out-of-state legal civil same-sex marriages would â€œimpose significant public harmâ€ and play havoc with existing Florida marriage laws. Perhaps worse, Bondi suggestedÂ same-sex couples donâ€™t create stable or enduring homes. Further, she has claimed her arguments are made in "good faith."
Bondi has defended all three same-sex marriage cases in her state,Â citing theÂ harm marriage equality would bring to Florida -- while ignoring her own relationship with the institution. Bondi is on her third marriage.
Now, in the face of dozens of rulings across the nation supporting same-sex marriage, Bondi is stalling, pushing for the U.S. Supreme Court to rule, rather than dropping her defense of the marriage ban.Â
She claims its her job to defend every Florida law, but the head of the U.S. Department of Justice, Attorney General Eric Holder, has specifically told state Attorneys General that they should not feel the need to defend marriage laws, which likely are all unconstitutional. Several other Attorneys General have refused to defend these bans, including in Pennsylvania and Virginia.
But Bondi is resolute -- partly, perhaps, as she is running for re-election this November, as she made very clear in this video, shot Monday at a meeting of the Statewide Council on Human Trafficking, where he said just how proud she is of all her work.
Jeremy Hooper notes the "truth is that she knows it's likely equality will win in the state, and she knows that the win will be a repudiation of herÂ often cruel resistanceÂ to fairness. So even though there is no guarantee that SCOTUS will even grant cert to a marriage case, the AG is telling citizens of her state, who have actual grievances to make in actual courts of law, that they are to cool their jets and just deal with their lesser-than status while she figures out how to spin this whole mess in her favor."
"It's offensive to both sides of this debate, frankly," Hooper writes. "If there is to be a national debate that plays out in our states, then it needs to play. The AG can't hit pause simply because she couldn't find a way to hit stop."
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