Florida Attorney General asks appeals court to keep gay marriage ban in place during appeals

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TALLAHASSEE, Florida — Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is asking to keep intact the state's ban on same-sex marriage until ongoing appeals have finished.

A federal judge earlier this month decided to keep Florida's ban in place through Jan. 5. That means no gay weddings can take place for now.

But Bondi's office on Tuesday asked the Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to keep the stay in place beyond that date.

U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle in August ruled the Florida gay marriage ban was unconstitutional. But he stayed the effect of his decision, hoping to avoid confusion while the state appealed it.

Those challenging Florida's ban had asked Hinkle to change his mind after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to take up cases from other states.

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