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  • BREAKING: US Supreme Court Denies Florida AG Request For Stay Of Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

    The U.S. Supreme Court has just denied Florida's request for a stay of rulings striking down bans on same-sex marriage.

    After months of trying many different options, Florida's Republican Attorney General, herself divorced twice and married three times, filed a petition this week with the U.S. Supreme Court. Pam Bondi asked Justice Clarence Thomas to place a stay on rulings that struck down the Sunshine State's ban on same-sex marriage.

    That request was just denied.

    Same-sex couples, barring any interference, which seems at this point impossible, will be allowed to marry beginning January 6, 2015.


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    • commented 2014-12-22 07:42:16 -0500
      Jeff: I refer you to Article VI, Par. 2 of the US Constitution, otherwise known as the “Supremacy Clause,” which sets the Constitution as the supreme law of the land. Also, the 14th Amendment, which forbids the states from infringing the fundamental rights of citizens. And fourteen Supreme Court decisions, starting in 1888, that establish marriage to the person of one’s choice as a fundamental right. Also the decision in West Virginia State Board of Education vs. Barnette, which is only one of many that holds that the majority may not deny the rights of a minority by popular vote.

      You might as well hang your precious Florida state constitutional amendment passed by the voters next to the toilet — that’s what it’s worth.

    • commented 2014-12-21 23:07:10 -0500
      Hey Jeff – it’s so easy to vote away someone’s rights when it has no effect on your rights. And because history has shown there are many people like you, our legal system has included laws that protect your victims from you.. We all get married to a consenting adult of our own choice – or no one gets married.

      Amazing isn’t it that for all the time same sex marriage has been legal, (May 17, 2004) that the only person that tried to marry their horse was a straight church leader. Not one gay couple have been accused of polygamy, but many straight folks have. The straight population has LGBT’s beat by a landslide on frequency of divorce, domestic violence and dead beat parents – so tell me again why are gay folks ruining marriage?

    • commented 2014-12-21 20:05:42 -0500
      JEFF – Yes, marriage is a state by state matter, but Equal Protection is protected by the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution and therefore comes under the purview of SCOTUS. There are of course legitimate grounds for banning incestuous marriages, less so for polygamous marriages, but there are not grounds for banning same sex marriages between homosexuals. This has nothing to do with Religion, which is itself separated from the State under the 1st Amendment to the Constitution. No-one has any right to deprive any other person of their civil rights because they believe in a different religion, or no religion.

    • commented 2014-12-21 19:49:23 -0500
      @jeff, the courts did rule that the bans on same sex marriage is unconstitutional. That means they are unconstitutional, plain and simple. Comparing 2 consenting adults to incestuous relationships is simple ridiculous.

    • commented 2014-12-21 19:27:34 -0500
      She should just order the county clerk of the courts in the state to disregard the federal rulings. There’s no reason for any state to recognize gay marriage and less of a reason for any state to legitimize a ruling by a federal court on an issue that is a state matter. Marriage bans are not unconstitutional, see incest marriage bans and polygamous marriage bans. There is really no difference in banning gay marriages and there is absolutely nothing in the federal constitution that says anything about marriages and there is specifically an amendment that has passed Floridas requirement for becoming an amendment to the constitution that bans gay marriage.

    • commented 2014-12-21 16:39:29 -0500
      Dale Kinneman: I think the best we can do will be 7-2, and that’s only if Alito discovers that he actually has a conscience. Thomas is no friend to civil rights, whether black or anyone else’s. Remember, he’s one of the justices who voted to start dismembering the Voting Rights Act.

    • commented 2014-12-21 15:10:45 -0500
      When this is voted on by the Supremes, I’m betting 8 to 1. Scalia has no conscience and he will vote to leave the bans in place, but Thomas…, while he would vote for a stay, I don’t think he wants to be remembered for being the same kind of bigot that enslaved his ancestors. He will go with the majority just like he did by putting this to a vote instead of issuing a stay.
      When the dust settles and this is old news, those who voted for equality will be the heros. The other(s) will disappear from history as people with poor judgement and not worthy of remembrance.. Anyone disagree?

    • commented 2014-12-21 06:40:16 -0500
      Scalia and Thomas have, throughout their sordid history on the bench, been against equal rights for all. I must congratulate Thomas, however, on his submitting the case to the entire court. There is a small glimmer of hope that SCOTUS might apply fair standards rather than religious litmus tests to cases involving civil rights.

    • commented 2014-12-20 15:20:19 -0500
      Another stupid, closed minded bitch. How the hell are we ever going to move on in this country if there is still sexism and racism ? Does same sex marriage interfere with your every day lives ? No. Get the fuck over yourselves.

    • commented 2014-12-20 14:15:15 -0500
      Stephen: I totally get and support your frustration toward her 100% and share that anger and frustration. I do feel the need to mention though that referring to her as a “skank” is insulting to all women including those in the LGBT community. Just a gentle nudge from an LGBT Sis to an LGBT Bro. :)

    • commented 2014-12-20 09:51:40 -0500
      Dear miss Bondi, a typical skank. Married three times and divorced twice. Your not a movie star, your another unsatisfied woman with a very ignorant opinion.. Why not spend your holidays actually doing something positive instead of being a paid political puppet. Maybe you should step down and stay home!

    • commented 2014-12-20 07:17:38 -0500
      Dale Kinneman: Thomas referred it to the full Court, apparently. I had expected him to grant the stay, as well, but he’s not known for sticking his neck out.

      I do note that he and Scalia have started registering their dissents to the stays on the orders. On the other hand, that makes a 7-2 decision against marriage bans seem like a real possibility.

    • commented 2014-12-20 01:12:05 -0500
      I love that the writer pointed out that she’s been divorced twice and married three times. Not hating on her personal life, she can marry and divorce whoever she wants. Just glad she’s getting shut down from disallowing others to do the same. Sorry Pammy!

    • commented 2014-12-20 00:20:57 -0500
      Pam Bondi said she was just getting started in the fight to keep the ban before she filed for this stay. I guess she just got finished 7-2.

    • commented 2014-12-20 00:09:38 -0500
      Wow – Clarence Thomas did the right thing and put it to a vote. I thought sure he would just order the stay because of his bigoted views. For once he did the right thing.

    • commented 2014-12-19 23:44:06 -0500
      I tried to vote her out of office last month. Did you and all of your friends and family who live in Florida? The pic they used looks about 10 years old and is another slap at intelligent people such as myself who happen to look a lot like her.

    • commented 2014-12-19 23:25:08 -0500
      I am literally in tears right now!

    • commented 2014-12-19 22:35:40 -0500
      Watch the ultimate SCOTUS ruling end up being 7-2

      (The US Constitution contains NO LANGUAGE WHATSOEVER that could be said to support
      “laws” that mysteriously harm certain lawful citizens, but not others, “just because they’re too icky to share OUR country with”)

      It’s all over for “constitutional” marriage bans in the USA, but the scene…

      Adjust, Antigays.

      It’s time.

    • commented 2014-12-19 22:21:26 -0500

    • commented 2014-12-19 20:32:16 -0500
      Pam Bondi is a unique study of ignorance. Divorced twice, married three times, and with a host of boyfriends past and present she is a fit poster-child for NOM and their struggle of a heterosexual home with 1 mother + 1 mother = family. She was not even able to persuade Clarence Thomas who is also divorced and remarried and earned a reputation in the US Senate for his love of pornography. Now that is family values.

    • commented 2014-12-19 19:30:47 -0500
      She sure does value the institution of marriage – so much so, she just can’t stop re-marrying; 3x so far and counting.

    • commented 2014-12-19 19:14:23 -0500
      WOW, considering the circumstances of not even an appellate ruling yet, this telegraphs a LOT!

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