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Conservative Group Tries to Stop Same-Sex Marriage

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The conservative lobby group Florida Family Action is taking legal steps to stop same-sex marriage in Central Florida.

Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage ends next week, but questions still remain on the jurisdiction of a federal judge’s ruling to lift the ban.

Osceola clerk of court Armando Ramirez says he plans to issue marriage licenses. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Circuit Court Judge Robert LeBlanc are planning ceremonies for same-sex marriages

But attorneys for the association that represents county clerks across Florida have warned the lifting of the ban only applies in Washington County. They say clerks could be prosecuted if they issue marriage licenses.

Florida Family Action president John Stemberger says he agrees. “We just think this is entirely improper and it shows an unprofessional response to what the law is,” says Stemberger. "We can’t have a representative democracy, a constitutional republic, unless elected official respect the rule of law. When individuals in this capacity show this kind of contempt and disrespect for what is clearly a legal precedent, they need to be held accountable."

The group was granted an expedited ruling by the courts.

Meanwhile, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi filed a motion for clarification on the federal ruling on Monday.

Brendan Byrne is Central Florida Public Media's Assistant News Director, managing the day-to-day operations of the newsroom, editing daily news stories, and managing the organization's internship program. Byrne also hosts Central Florida Public Media's weekly radio show and podcast "Are We There Yet?" which explores human space exploration, and the weekly news roundup podcast "The Wrap."