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Judge overturns ruling on same sex marriage

A Monroe County judge ruled today that a ban on same sex marriage in Florida is invalid.

Circuit Judge Luis Garcia ruled in favor of Key West residents William Lee Jones and Aaron Huntsman in their quest to get married. The two men had attempted to be married in Monroe County, but the county Clerk of Court's Office denied their request for a marriage license, citing state law.

The judge has given the clerk's office until next week to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, as that would give the state the opportunity to appeal the case, according to the Clerk of Court's Office.

Huntsman, 43, and Jones, 42, want to overturn Florida's ban on same-sex marriage. In April, they sued Monroe County Clerk of Court Amy Heavilin for refusing them a marriage license.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi's office has since taken an interest in the case, as well as several anti-gay marriage groups, all of whom are expected to go toe-to-toe with Key Largo attorney Bernadette Restivo, who is representing the Key West couple.

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