Florida officials appeal gay-marriage ruling

AP News
Posted: Sep 04, 2014 7:56 PM

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida officials are appealing a federal judge's ruling that a state ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.

Attorney General Pam Bondi's office filed the notice Thursday on behalf of Surgeon General Dr. John H. Armstrong, Secretary of Management Services Craig J. Nichols and Washington County Clerk of Court Harold Bazzell.

U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle in Tallahassee ruled on Aug. 21 that the ban violates the 14th Amendment's guarantees of equal protection and due process. Hinkle issued a stay delaying the effect of his order, pending possible appeals.

A number of similar rulings around the country have been put on hold while appeals are pursued.

Florida Voters approved the ban in 2008.