Garcia initially ruled marriage licenses could be issued in Monroe County beginning Tuesday to gay couples. But that was blocked by an automatic stay triggered when Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi immediately filed notice that the state will appeal.
Bondi's office filed papers later Monday urging Garcia to keep the stay in place and preserve the status quo until all appeals are sorted out and Garcia agreed. That means no gay marriages can take place while Garcia's original ruling is reviewed by the Miami-based 3rd District Court of Appeal, which could take weeks or months to issue a decision.
The judge who last week handed down a landmark decision, declaring Florida's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional, today refused to lift a stay, meaning no same-sex couples will get married today in Florida.
Circuit Judge Luis Garcia wrote that other courts have left stays in place on the same issue while appeals run their course, and that should happen in this case, too.
Yesterday the two Key West men who last week convinced Garcia to lift the ban filed paperwork, asking him to let the same-sex weddings begin today.
Please click on the graphic to the right and ask Pam Boni to Stop her appeal
The judge’s original ruling is available here:http://freemarry.3cdn.net/112670b9c77c0c6fe0_4em6bqjl2.pdf