Fighting for Rule of Law in Florida

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Orlando, FL – Liberty Counsel filed three briefs to stop Florida clerks in Osceola County, Orange County, and Manatee County from ignoring the rule of law and providing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. “The Clerk’s present policy of issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples violates the public ministerial duty not to issue such licenses under the Florida Constitution and Statutes. The Clerk has no discretion to violate the Constitution of Florida, the laws of Florida, and the clearly expressed will of the People of Florida,” Liberty Counsel told the courts.

“Florida’s marriage laws could not be more clear: The Clerk has a duty not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples,” the briefs pointed out. “It is equally clear that neither the Brenner Injunction nor any other authority compels or authorizes the Clerk to disregard Florida’s marriage laws. The Florida public and the rule of law are being injured by the Clerk’s open disregard of her public duties.”

As a result of the purposeful misinterpretation of Judge Hinkle’s now infamous “clarification” in the federal case Brenner v. Scott, the clerks of court in Osceola, Orange, and Manatee counties began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples early this year, disregarding their oaths to uphold the Florida Constitution.

“Florida clerks have no discretion to violate the Constitution of Florida and the clearly expressed will of the People of Florida and hand out marriage licenses to same-sex couples,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel.”

“We are in a constitutional crisis in America. Government officials from county clerks to the President of the United States are ignoring the rule of law and arrogantly creating their own laws,” continued Staver. “Legislators make laws, not judges, not Presidents. Americans fought the Revolutionary War to win the right of a representative form of governance. We cannot give it up now amidst this battle over same-sex marriage.”


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