US: Florida Supreme Court asked to rule on same-sex marriage

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The state Supreme Court in Florida is being asked to rule on the constitutionality of the state’s same-sex marriage ban.

The 2nd District Court of Appeals on Wednesday asked the Florida Supreme Court to rule because the matter was “of great public importance and will have a great effect on the proper administration of justice throughout the state.”

A panel of appeals court judges rejected a request to forward the case to the state Supreme Court earlier this summer.

That ruling was overturned in a 10-3 decision by the entire appeals court today.

A federal judge ruled the state’s same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional last week.

Four Florida counties — Monroe CountyMiami-Dade CountyBroward County and Palm Beach County — ruled the state’s ban unconstitutional in recent weeks.

On 8 August, Florida asked for no further rulings to be made on the marriage ban until the US Supreme Court makes a broader decision.