Today, federal district court Judge Robert Hinkle, who is presiding over SAVE & the ACLU of Florida's marriage lawsuit, ruled that all 67 Florida county clerks must start issuing marriage licenses on January 6!
The order clarifies that the U.S. Constitution requires all clerks to issue marriage licenses to all applicants, regardless of gender.
“The preliminary injunction now in effect thus does not require the Clerk to issue licenses to other applicants,” Hinkle wrote in an order released Thursday afternoon. “But as set out in the order that announced issuance of the preliminary injunction, the Constitution requires the Clerk to issue such licenses.”
The ruling was prompted by legal stall tactics from Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who raised questions about the reach of the ruling after the U.S. Supreme Court denied her request to delay our victorious ruling from this summer.