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Couple Asks Gay Marriage Case to Be Taken to Florida Supreme Court

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    Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones

    Attorneys for the plaintiffs in a Florida Keys gay marriage case have asked Florida's 3rd District Court of Appeals to send the case directly to the state's Supreme Court.

    While the case was expected to end up before the Florida Supreme Court eventually, plaintiffs Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones said they are seeking a swifter final judgment.

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

    Attorney General Pam Bondi immediately filed notice of appeal, triggering an automatic stay that prevents any gay marriages. Last Week, Garcia declined to lift the stay, leading Huntsman and Jones to take their case to the Miami-based 3rd District Court of Appeals.

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

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