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Florida Wants U.S. Supreme Court To Decide Gay Marriage

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PAM BONDI
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi in an August 29, 2012 file photo. Judges in four Florida counties have overturned the same-sex marriage ban, but no marriage licenses are being issued because Bondi has appealed each case. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) | Mark Wilson via Getty Images

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's attorney general is asking state courts to stop considering same-sex marriage cases until the U.S. Supreme Court decides whether states have the right to ban gay marriage.

Attorney General Pam Bondi filed two motions on Friday in a state appeals court, requesting a freeze on appeals of cases concerning the state's constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. Voters approved the amendment in 2008.

Judges in four Florida counties have overturned the ban, but no marriage licenses are being issued because Bondi has appealed each case.

Bondi says the state will defer to the Supreme Court and that any further state proceedings are a waste of judicial resources. Utah and Oklahoma this week asked the Supreme Court to decide the issue.

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