Grayson: Don’t Prosecute Clerks Who Issue Gay Marriage Licenses
Congressman and Osceola Commissioner Grieb ask State Attorney Ashton to use “prosecutorial discretion” when legal rulings go into effect
(ORLANDO, FLA.) – Congressman Alan Grayson (FL-09) and Osceola County Commissioner Cheryl Grieb have asked Orange-Osceola State Attorney Jeff Ashton to confirm that local Clerks of Circuit Court will not be prosecuted for issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples.
Marriage equality opponents are trying to thwart a recent judicial ruling that allows the issuance of such licenses “by threatening charges against every” clerk in all but one county, says the letter that Grayson and Grieb sent to Ashton. “Taxpayer money would have to be used, and wasted, in defeating such efforts.”
“A Florida court has ruled that refusing to issue such licenses is a denial of the equal-protection clause to same sex couple,” the letter states. Osceola County leaders passed a motion in support of the Clerk accepting such marriage licenses as of 12:01 am on Jan. 6th, 2015.
“However, opponents of marriage equality are using the threat of criminal prosecution of clerks of court to delay implementation of the judge’s ruling,” the jointly-signed letter to Ashton states.
“We call upon you to confirm that unless Judge Hinkle’s ruling is reversed…you will exercise your prosecutorial discretion to eschew any criminal action of any kind against the Clerks of Orange and Osceola Counties for adhering to the Court’s mandate to issue licenses to otherwise qualifying same-sex couples,” it states.
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