Marriage Equality Comes to Florida

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In Florida, the gay marriage ban was lifted as of midnight on Monday. And same-sex couple didn't waste any time as many same-sex couples got married early Tuesday morning.

Florida became the thirty-sixth state to legalize same-sex marriage after U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle ruled the state's ban was unconstitutional in all 67 counties. The state started issuing marriage licenses as soon as the ruling was passed down.

Wedding ceremonies were performed immediately in all parts of the state.

While Pam Bondi, the state's attorney general, is appealing the ruling that strikes down the ban that was voted into law back in 2008, the Supreme Court denied her effort to stop same-sex marriage from officially being conducted throughout Florida until the courts' final rule. But in a statement from Bondi, she wished all same-sex couple "the best," according to the Associated Press.

According to the Chicago Times, with the recent addition of Florida, "70 percent of Americans now live in the 36 states where gay marriage is legal."

Which state will be next?


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