Same-sex marriages could begin next month in Florida

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LEE COUNTY, Fla.- In a major milestone, starting next month same-sex marriages will take place in Florida. On Wednesday, a U.S. Appeals Court rule the state’s ban on gay marriage will end on January 5th.

“It’s a great day, marriage equality has come to Florida,” said Fort Myers family law attorney Luis Insignares.

Insignares tells WINK News the ruling will potentially allow same-sex couples to tie the knot just weeks from now.

“The clerks of courts in the state of Florida are going to have to be ready on January 6 for the various marriages, people that are going to be applying for marriages.”

But Insignares admits there could be potential road blocks.

“The Attorney General has made it very clear that until the U.S. Supreme Court makes a decision, a definitive decision on this issue, she doesn’t consider the legal issue to be resolved,” said Insignares.

Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office said it’s reviewing the decision. Insignares said other states like Alaska and Kansas have tried to fight situations like the one Florida is in now where a ban on gay marriage was lifted, but those states were unsuccessful.

“It could potentially be the end of the fight in Florida,” said Insignares.

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