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Florida: Otherwise optionless anti-gay group delivers last ditch load of B.S.

by Jeremy Hooper

On January 1, U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle clarified that the constitution requires all Florida clerks to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couple beginning on January 6. The Florida Clerks Association, which had previously warned clerks about issuing licenses, has reversed itself and instructed clerks that they must comply with the law. And even Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi, who has become something of a figurehead for inequality in the Sunshine State, has reluctantly agreed to comply.

But leave it to the radical anti-gay groups to insist they know better than everyone else. The Florida Family Association, which is headed up by longtime font of discrimination John Stemberger, is telling supporters that the whole situation is being "misinterpreted" and that Jude Hinkle's ruling only applies to two Florida residents from one county:

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This is a complete and utter lie. A really desperate one, too.

Judge Hinkle could not have been any more direct. He made a big point about saying that he is not the one who is making this demand, but that the US Constitution is the compelling force at play. That US Constitution is not limited to one county or one couple. And in fact, it's also not limited to Florida, as residents in a majority of our equality-having states are learning as those of us on the right side of history proceed to fill in the national map.

But groups like the Florida Family Policy Council have tried everything else to stop us, and now they are out of options. Though I'm not sure why they think lying is going to help. After all, building their movement upon a foundation of lies helped get them to where they are today.

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