Yesterday the Broward County Commission voted unanimously to support same-sex marriage. Which is wonderful, but they’re also trying to take things much further.
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.
Last week Bondi asked the state appeals court to continue the stays on marriage rulings in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties AND to sit on those cases without kicking them upstairs to the Florida Supreme Court. With a population of 1.8 million, Broward County is home to Fort Lauderdale, Wilton Manors, and Oakland Park – all of which have huge LGBT populations. Hit the link for a video report on yesterday’s move.