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Broward Commissioners show support for gay marriage

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) -- In a display of support for gay marriage in Florida, Broward County Commissioners on Tuesday passed a motion in support of same-sex unions.

Their unanimous decision to oppose bans on gay marriage in Florida served as a message to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. She has placed stays on recent rulings by South Florida judges who have called the ban on gay marriage in Florida unconstitutional in cases in Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties. Broward County Commissioner David Kiar said, "I believe it's fair to the people of our state, it's fair to the people of our county, and it's fair to the plaintiffs in these lawsuits that just want to have the same type of happiness in their lives that my wife and I have in ours."

Along with approving the resolution decision unanimously, county commissioners are also asking the county attorney to research ways to withhold funding to Tallahassee that is used in the appeals process. The county commissioners do not want to waste taxpayer money fighting gay marriage. Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter said, "We want to show that opposition not just by submitting a resolution, but by withholding our donor county dollars that are quite frankly right now going to Tallahassee to fund this appeal process with which we are adamantly opposed."

After appealing the recent rulings by South Florida judges, commissioners fear that Bondi will shelf the issue until the United States Supreme Court rules again. "The United States Supreme Court, they're going to be the body who make this decision, and then we will have uniformity throughout the country," said Bondi.

However, some commissioners are not sure that waiting for a decision by the Supreme Court would result in simplicity. "The problem with that is there is no guarantee that the United States Supreme Court is ever going to undertake this matter," said Kiar.

Currently, 19 states allow same sex marriages. Gay rights activists said that Tuesday's vote represents a step in the right direction for Florida.

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