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Appeals Court Asked to Lift Order Blocking Gay Marriage

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    Attorneys for a Florida Keys gay couple have turned to a state appeals court to lift a judge's order blocking them from getting married.

    The Miami-based 3rd District Court of Appeal was asked Wednesday to overturn a Monroe County judge's decision earlier this week preventing a wedding for Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones and other gay couples.

    Circuit Judge Luis Garcia last week ruled that Florida's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and that marriage licenses could be issued to gays in Monroe County this week.

    Monroe County Judge Approves Gay Marriage in the County

    [MI] Monroe County Judge Approves Gay Marriage in the County
    NBC 6's Gilma Avalos has the latest details on a judge's ruling that cleared the way for gay marriage in Monroe County, as soon as the appeals are heard. (Published Thursday, July 17, 2014)

    Attorney General Pam Bondi immediately filed notice of appeal, triggering an automatic stay that prevents any gay marriages. Garcia on Monday declined to lift the stay.

    Voters added the same-sex marriage ban to Florida's constitution in 2008.

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