Florida Group Tries To Stop Gay Marriages

ORLANDO, Fla. — A conservative group is trying to stop a county clerk of courts, Orlando’s mayor and a judge from helping same-sex couples get married next week in Florida.

The Florida Family Action Inc. filed two lawsuits Tuesday, asking a judge to prevent the officials from either officiating or issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples starting next week.

Florida’s ban on gay marriage is scheduled to be lifted Jan. 6.

The officials named in the lawsuits are Osceola County Clerk of Court Armando Ramirez, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Circuit Judge Robert LeBlanc.

The conservative group argues the lifting of the ban on same-sex marriage applies to only Washington County in the Panhandle, where the legal challenge to the state’s same-sex marriage ban originated.

Ramirez has promised to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.