US Supreme Court will not block same-sex weddings in Florida

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The US Supreme Court has refused to block same-sex marriages in Florida, making it the latest state where same-sex couples will be able to marry.

In a one-paragraph order, the court decided not to intervene in the issue in Florida. This means that an earlier ruling by US District Judge Robert Hinkle to strike down the state’s same-sex marriage ban remains in place.

This means that the first weddings can take place after the 5th January 2015.

Florida’s Attorney General Pam Bondi previously asked for Hinkle’s ruling to be reversed.

State judges in four South Florida counties had earlier ruled that a ban gay couples from marrying was unconstitutional.