Florida AG seeks to join case and defend ban on gay marriage

Published: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 7:04 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 7:04 p.m.

TALLAHASSEE — Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is seeking to defend the state's existing ban on gay marriage in two ongoing lawsuits.

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Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, shown during a visit to Ocala on Feb. 1, 2013, is seeking to intervene in a court case to defend the state's ban on gay marriage.

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Bondi's office on Tuesday filed motions to intervene in lawsuits that had been filed by gay couples in Miami-Dade and Monroe circuit courts. In both instances, the lawsuits were not filed against the state.

Allen Winsor, the state's solicitor general, states in the motions that Florida has a legitimate interest in intervening in the case since it is a challenge to the 2008 constitutional amendment that banned gay marriage.

Bondi is already defending the state in a lawsuit filed in a north Florida federal court. That legal challenge maintains the state is discriminating against gay couples by not recognizing same-sex marriages performed in states where they are legal.

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