Florida’s Pro-Equality Groups Receiving Donations to Stop Discriminatory Amendment

Queerty
August 25, 2008
The Queerty blog reports on the fight against Florida's discriminatory prop. 2 which is receiving support from individuals across the state, including Jon Kislack, a straight Republican who's fighting Amendment 2:"It's just not right that our laws, public policy, and social climate in Florida are so unwelcoming." (Link)

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Amendment 2 bad for South Florida business

Miami Herald
August 18, 2008
A proposed amendment to Florida's constitution on the November ballot could adversely impact our business development efforts. Florida Amendment 2, the so-called marriage protection amendment, is an example of unnecessary government intrusion in people's personal lives that could diminish Florida's ability to attract businesses to expand or relocate here. [Link]

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Florida: Cloer to rally pastors for discriminatory marriage amendment

Florida Baptist Witness
August 20, 2008
The pastor of one of the largest Southern Baptist churches in Florida has been named to lead a new effort to rally pastors to pass the discriminatory Florida Marriage Protection Amendment in November. [Link]

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2008 Ballot Measures Opposing Marriage Equality: Why Time is on Our Side

GayWired.com
August 15, 2008
David Mariner writes, "As more voters are being asked to consider the question, and as we have the opportunity to engage more voters and interact with them, public opinion continues to move in our favor. It may be a long battle, but time is definitely on our side." [Link]

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26 domestic-partner couples sign up for recognition

Miami Herald
August 19, 2008
The ceremony had all the romance of renewing a license plate -- which can be done a few floors down in the same, drab government building -- but it had powerful meaning on Monday for the first couples to register under Miami-Dade's new domestic-partnership law. [Link]

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The Politics of Sanctity

The Gainesville Sun
July 26, 2008
"The Florida Marriage Amendment is less about protecting the sanctity of marriage than keeping Florida firmly in the 'R' column.... The thing is that this is a monster election year. And the 'ultra-conservative vote' isn't all that excited about the prospect of a John McCain presidency. And this makes Republicans in the legislature and Florida's congressional delegation very nervous indeed." [Link]

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Some say Calif. draining money from Fla. amendment fight

Washington Blade
July 18, 2008
Evan Wolfson said he hopes supporters of marriage equality would “all dig a little deeper and support important work in Florida.” But he called California an “absolutely top priority” and said all supporters should contribute to the campaign because a victory there would “tremendously benefit” the nationwide fight for marriage. [Link]

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Hospital Sued After Dying Lesbian’s Partner Denied Access To Her

365Gay.com
June 24, 2008
A lawsuit will be filed in Miami Wednesday against a hospital that refused to allow the partner of a dying lesbian to see because they were not considered family. (Link)

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COLUMNIST: Amendment 2 not about marriage

The News-Press
June 11, 2008
The amendment takes away current legal rights of people in relationships which are the "substantial equivalent" of marriage. This would hurt many Southwest Florida senior citizens, who set up their households together so they will not lose their Social Security benefits or other pensions. [Link]

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Foes of marriage ban organize in Fort Lauderdale

South Florida Sun-Sentinel
May 12, 2008
People gathered to work against an anti-marriage discriminatory amendment in Florida, where one woman, a 59 year old retired teacher from Miami who is a Republican noted that Amendment 2 strips people of their civil rights and she plans "to sell my Republican friends on the issues I'm talking about." (Link)

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