Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi on
Monday appeared to concede defeat as gay couples began exchanging
vows in Miami-Dade County.
Bondi, a Republican, vigorously
defended the state's ban on gay marriage, even asking the Supreme
Court to delay implementation of a federal judge's ruling declaring
the ban unconstitutional. The court refused and the judge's ruling
took effect on Tuesday.
But in Miami-Dade County, wedding bells
began ringing for gay couples a day earlier than expected as a state
judge lifted a stay in her July ruling striking down the ban.
begins issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.)
“The judge has ruled, and we wish
these couples the best,” Bondi spokesman Whitney Ray said in a
Ray said that there has been no
decision yet on whether the state will continue with an appeal in the