A prominent political reporter has criticized Florida Governor Rick Scott over his claim that he's not involved in the state's decision to defend its gay marriage ban in court.

WPLG-TV's Michael Putney criticized the Republican governor's stance on Sunday's This Week in South Florida.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is defending the ban in at least five state and federal cases which have declared it unconstitutional.

Scott has maintained that he's opposed to discrimination but supports the ban.

“Now what's important to me is that we don't discriminate against anybody, but I'd be surprised if a court is going to overturn the people,” he said in June.

Scott has also sidestepped questions about whether the state should continue defending the ban in court.

“This is a constitutional matter and it is the responsibility of the attorney general to handle cases involving Florida's Constitution,” Scott spokesman John Tupps told the AP in September. Scott has made similar statements to the media.

Putney accused Scott of refusing to “take responsibility.”

“The governor says Attorney General Pam Bondi's fruitless and costly appeals of numerous court rulings against the state's gay marriage ban, Scott says, that is entirely her business, he doesn't have a thing to do with it,” Putney told viewers.

“That is just nonsense. Governor Scott is the top elected official in the state. If he didn't want Attorney General Bondi to file those appeals, he can simply call her up and say, 'Hey, stop it.' Or he could order a stop.”

“The fact that Governor Scott refuses to take responsibility for preventing [gay couples from marrying and receiving benefits] is appalling. But it's not the first time,” he added. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)