Federal Judge Robert Hinkle ruled on New Year's Day that all of Florida’s county court clerks should begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Judge Hinkle ruled back on Aug. 21, 2014, that the state’s 2008 voter-approved gay marriage ban was unconstitutional. However, he issued a temporary hold on his decision until Dec. 31, 2014, while Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi filed appeals.
Judge Hinkle ruled on Jan. 1, 2015, that gay marriage should be allowed in all the counties of the state, noted the New York Times, while Bondi's appeals continue.
Bondi could not get an extension of the temporary ban against gay marriages in Florida from an Appellate Court or the U.S. Supreme Court.
More than 60% of voters approved the 2008 anti-gay marriage amendment, which was spearheaded by John Stemberger, a Christian activist and director of the Florida Family Policy Council.
Stemberger recently appeared on an Internet video (below) produced by CitizenLink, the political arm of the Christian ministry Focus on the Family.
CitizenLink host Stuart Shepard began the segment by claiming that gay marriages had been legalized in Florida in a "lawless way" and claimed that "no federal or state court has issued a ruling that legally has the power to make that happen."
Stemberger claimed that Judge Hinkle's ruling meant that only the two homosexual plaintiffs, who were part of the original court case court, could get married.
Stemberger added that Judge Hinkle's "opinions" outside of his legal jurisdiction had "encouraged clerks of the court to really disobey the law" across the state.
However, the New York Times reported that Judge Hinkle's ruling stated, "Reasonable people can debate whether the ruling in this case was correct and who it binds. There should be no debate, however, on the question whether a clerk of court may follow the ruling, even for marriage-license applicants who are not parties to this case.”
Stemberger also complained about "widespread lawless where the rule of law means nothing now days" and added that "judges, clerks, county officials, from the president, from the White House to the court house, they're just ignoring and disrespecting the rule of law."