A late Friday order from the Supreme Court means same-sex couples are expected to be able to marry beginning Jan. 6.
Marriage equality proponents urged state officials to leave the ruling unchallenged in hopes that same-sex couples would be able to marry as soon as this month.
Now, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office said they must “proceed accordingly” in the case.
“[B]ecause of the constitutional implications the issue will likely be addressed by the Florida Supreme Court regardless of any decision we might make.”
Four Florida judges have ruled against the state’s same-sex marriage ban in the last three weeks, but the state attorney general wants those cases stayed until the U.S. Supreme Court decides the issue in one of the federal cases.
Two weeks ago, Florida’s Attorney General Pam Bondi canceled a planned execution so she could host a fundraiser. She finally apologized Wednesday.