Bush has opposed marriage for same-sex couples when he was governor. He left office in 2007, a year before voters passed a constitutional amendment defining marriage in the state as “the legal union of only one man and one woman.”
U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle ruled in July the amendment was unconstitutional. He stayed his ruling, and the stay is set to expire by the end of Monday. Hinkle said Thursday that Florida counties have a legal duty to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and counties that do not could face lawsuits.
Same-sex marriage advocates say the ruling means the marriage ban should be lifted statewide, while the association representing county clerks said it only applies to Washington County, where a same-sex couple’s lawsuit led to the decision by Hinkle.