• Legal fight continues after same-sex marriage licenses issued in Florida


    ORLANDO, Fla. - Even though same-sex marriage has been legal in Florida for nearly a day, there are still efforts underway to stop it.

    There have been mass weddings and planned ceremonies in Orlando and across the state on Tuesday.

    "Today is really more of a day of celebration," said Terry DeCarlo, director of Orlando's The Center.

    The midnight deadline passed but some groups are still pursuing legal challenges to gay marriage in Florida. The ruling by a federal judge that overturned Florida's gay marriage ban is still on appeal.

    "There needs to be a definite ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on this issue," said WFTV legal analyst Belvin Perry.

    Perry expects the Supreme Court to take a look at the issue when it meets on Friday to select its slate of cases. But even if the court were to rule in favor of Florida's right to ban same-sex marriages, Perry said revoking the existing licenses would be difficult.

    "They could take the option of saying, 'All those marriages that occurred during that time are valid, but you can't do it going forward,'" said Perry.

    Supreme Court officials won't say if there will be any decision on the appeal on Friday.

    The same-sex marriage licenses that have been issued in Florida are not recognized in Florida's neighboring states, Georgia or Alabama.

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