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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Michigan ruling stirs advocates in Florida

Miami Herald
May 8, 2008

Opponents of an anti-marriage amendment in Florida point to a Michigan court decision against allowing health benefits for domestic partners as an example of what the proposed amendment in Florida will do to further discrimination and inequality. (Link)

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OPINION: Amendment Two Erodes Rights, Protects No One

Daytona Beach News-Journal
April 23, 2008
George Griffin, president of the Volusia, FL chapter of the ACLU, writes about the anti-marriage amendment: “This is a mean-spirited amendment that will adversely affect gay, straight and retired couples.” [Link]

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Florida to vote on anti-marriage amendment

Orlando Sentinel
February 2, 2008
Florida residents will vote in November on an anti-marriage constitutional amendment, state officials announced late Friday. The signature-petition drive launched three years ago by social-conservative groups managed to beat Friday's deadline to make the presidential-election ballot, the state Division of Elections said…Jon Kislak, chairman of the Florida Red and Blue group planning to fight the amendment, said he was "confident that voters will reject this amendment once they learn it can take away existing rights and benefits from millions of Floridians." [Link]

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Gearing up for battle in FL

Washington Blade
December 19, 2007

Activists are gearing up to oppose the proposed Florida anti-marriage amendment. While some express hope that non-gay retirees will believe the amendment will harm them, Freedom to Marry's Evan Wolfson advises activists to explicitly support marriage equality with a steady drumbeat of local faces and voices. Wolfson said opponents of the amendment must make it clear to Floridians that the fight isn't about lofty ideological arguments, but that, if approved, the amendment will hurt same-sex couples and their children in practical, everyday ways.
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Equality Florida member challenges bigotry during far-right summit

Box Turtle Bulletin
September 24, 2007
Cathy James — mother of a seven-year-old, founder of Securing Our Children's Rights (SOCR) and longtime member of Equality Florida — not only attended the Family Impact Summit, but she also spoke out to challenge the bigotry being espoused. In so doing, she left a group of anti-gay panelists "speechless." [Link]

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