Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi on Friday responded to the Supreme Court's decision not to stop gay marriages in Florida.

Bondi had asked the high court to stay a federal judge's ruling ordering state officials to begin issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples on Tuesday, January 6.

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In a statement released Friday night, Bondi as much as conceded that the state had failed to stop the ruling from taking effect next month.

“Tonight, the United States Supreme Court denied the State’s request for a stay in the case before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals,” Bondi said. “Regardless of the ruling it has always been our goal to have uniformity throughout Florida until the final resolution of the numerous challenges to the voter-approved constitutional amendment on marriage.”

“Nonetheless, the Supreme Court has now spoken, and the stay will end on Jan. 5,” she added.