Florida wants US Supreme Court to decide gay marriage
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In this Thursday July 17, 2014 photo, Aaron Huntsman, left, and William Jones, right, greet the crowd gathered at Aqua Night Club in Key West, Fla. The couple is challenging the state of Florida's ban on gay marriage. Monroe County Circuit Judge Luis Garcia on Thursday overturned Florida's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, a move that was quickly appealed by Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. (AP Photo/Key West Citizen, Rob O'Neal)
In this Thursday July 17, 2014 photo, Aaron Huntsman, left, and William Jones, right, greet the crowd gathered at Aqua Night Club in Key West, Fla. The couple is challenging the state of Florida's ban on gay marriage. Monroe County Circuit Judge Luis Garcia on Thursday overturned Florida's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, a move that was quickly appealed by Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. (AP Photo/Key West Citizen, Rob O'Neal)
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In this Thursday, July 17, 2014 photo, Aaron Huntsman, left, and his partner, William Jones, right, head for the stage at Aqua Night Club Thursday, in Key West, Fla. The couple, along with their attorneys Jessica Reilly, second from left, and Burnadette Restivo, second from right, are challenging the state of Florida's ban on gay marriage. Monroe County Circuit Judge Luis Garcia on Thursday overturned Florida's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, a move that was quickly appealed by Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. (AP Photo/Key West Citizen, Rob O'Neal)
In this Thursday, July 17, 2014 photo, Aaron Huntsman, left, and his partner, William Jones, right, head for the stage at Aqua Night Club Thursday, in Key West, Fla. The couple, along with their attorneys Jessica Reilly, second from left, and Burnadette Restivo, second from right, are challenging the state of Florida's ban on gay marriage. Monroe County Circuit Judge Luis Garcia on Thursday overturned Florida's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, a move that was quickly appealed by Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. (AP Photo/Key West Citizen, Rob O'Neal)
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's attorney general is asking state courts to stop considering same-sex marriage cases until the U.S. Supreme Court decides whether states have the right to ban gay marriage.

Attorney General Pam Bondi filed two motions on Friday in a state appeals court, requesting a freeze on appeals of cases concerning the state's constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. Voters approved the amendment in 2008.

Judges in four Florida counties have overturned the ban, but no marriage licenses are being issued because Bondi has appealed each case.

Bondi says the state will defer to the Supreme Court and that any further state proceedings are a waste of judicial resources. Utah and Oklahoma this week asked the Supreme Court to decide the issue.



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