In a highly anticipated ruling to clarify an August preliminary injunction in the federal case Brenner v. Scott, the district judge agreed with Liberty Counsel that the injunction does not require Florida clerks of court outside Washington County to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples on January 6. Indeed, the new order clarifies that the injunction is limited to the plaintiffs in the case, expressly holding, “The preliminary injunction now in effect thus does not require the [Washington County] Clerk to issue licenses to other applicants.” The Washington Clerk had requested the clarification last week.
The Washington Clerk’s request elicited several responses from the case parties and others, including activists who were willing to say anything to cajole Judge Hinkle into expanding the injunction statewide. “But in the sea of filings, only Liberty Counsel got it right,” said Horatio Mihet, Liberty Counsel’s Vice President of Legal Affairs & Chief Litigation Counsel.
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