Same-sex marriage on the brink of being legal in Florida

Well, it's about damned time.

A federal judge has declined to extend a stay on same-sex marriages in the state beyond January 5th.

The stay was put in place due to Attorney General Pam Bondi's appeal of a Tallahassee federal judge's decision deeming the statewide same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional.

Bondi was hoping the appeal would result in the overturning of that decision, you know — just because — but it doesn't look like things are going to go her way this time.

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta denied a stay that would have further delayed the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and has said it will issue an expedited judgment in the case. 

The court said it would allow about a month for appeals, but that marriage licenses could start getting issued as soon as Jan. 5.

Bondi could, of course, take her battle to Washington and beg the U.S. Supreme Court to extend the stay. But the high court has rejected similar requests from four other states. 

Go home, Pammy. You ain't gonna win this one.

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