BRADENTON — Local same-sex couples anxious to get married Tuesday have escaped a last-minute legal snag.
On Monday, Florida Family Action Inc., a not-for-profit group, sued R.B. “Chips” Shore, clerk of the circuit court of Manatee County, in an attempt to halt his plans to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples beginning Tuesday.
The complaint sought an emergency request for legal relief.
In the suit, the organization said Shore’s “official ministerial duties include the duty not to ‘issue a license for the marriage of any person ... unless one party is a male and the other party is a female.’”
The organization requested the court issue an order commanding the clerk to perform his ministerial duty “to deny any application for a marriage license by a same-sex couple.”
After Shore’s office closed at 5 p.m., he received an email with a copy of an order dismissing the action in the complaint, according to Lori D. Tolksdorf, director of courts.