Gay Marriage Debate Hits Home

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Florida law doesn't allow Holmes County's Clerk of Courts, Cody Taylor, to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Taylor says he'd like to keep it that way.

"As Clerk of the Courts, because it will affect all the clerks in the State of Florida and personally because I'm morally opposed to same-sex marriage," says Cody Taylor.

Taylor recently agreed to immerse himself in the same-sex marriage debate.

"I was contacted by Liberty Counsel, which is a conservative religious group and they told me that they were looking for a small county clerk who would agree to let them file on their behalf at no cost to the taxpayers, trying to get involved in a case in Broward County on same-sex marriages."

Taylor's Liberty Counsel attorney says a clerk like Taylor who is strongly opposed to gay marriages would better defend Florida's law against same-sex unions than the Broward County Clerk of Courts that is currently being sued.

That clerk denied two men a marriage license last month, but a Broward County judge disagrees. On Thursday he ruled that Taylor and the Liberty Counsel could not participate as defendants in the case.

Taylor's stance may be politically risky somewhere else, but in Holmes County, it brings on more praise than criticism.

"I really believe that not only him, but other county leaders need to get involved because we've got to nip it in the bud right now," says Hughland Cruce, a resident.

Cody Taylor is the only Florida clerk represented by the Liberty Counsel.