US District Judge Robert Hinkle has clarified his earlier ruling on same-sex marriage to say the ban against same-sex marriage in Florida was overturned for the whole state and not just for two counties, as some had been saying.
Hinkle confirmed that same-sex marriage will be legal in Florida after the temporary stay on issuing licences is lifted on the 5 of January 2015. This clarification means that clerks who were previously uncertain about the law may begin issuing licences without fear of fines and prison time.
Hinkle’s ruling overturned a 2008 voter-approved constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in Florida. Florida becomes the thirty-sixth state to legalize same-sex marriage.