Loss in Florida

Amendment 2: Anti-gay constitutional amendment would write marriage discrimination into the state constitution

Anti-gay constitutional amendment PASSED

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Howard Simon: Amendment 2 is not about ‘gay marriage’

The Gainesville Sun
October 28, 2008
"One day, we all will look back on the idea that government could have the power to dictate who adults can marry with as much bewilderment as we now, shamefully, wonder how we allowed government the power to ban interracial marriage – until the U.S. Supreme Court ended the legal basis for that prejudice in the appropriately named landmark 1967 ACLU case of Loving v. Virginia." [Link]
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Marriage ban tactic questioned

St. Petersburg Times
October 22, 2008
Supporters of a ballot measure that would write discrimination into Florida's Constitution are encouraging donors to avoid public disclosure by contributing to groups that don't have to list contributions. [Link]
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10 Things You Can Do to Stop the Props

Mombian
October 21, 2008
Florida’s Prop 2, California’s Prop 8, Arizona’s Prop 102: You know what they are. You’ve given money to fight them. (If you haven’t, stop right now and click one of the links above, donate, then continue reading.) There are exactly two weeks to go now, folks. What else can you do...Here are some ideas, in no particular order. (Link)

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No value changes required to vote no

St. Petersburg Times
October 19, 2008
Harold Troxler, a Times columnist, writes, "I'm not telling anybody how to run their church, or that they have to change their beliefs. I'm just saying, let's have the same secular rights for everybody." [Link]
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Florida anti-marriage initiative lacks support needed to pass

Sun Sentinel
October 19, 2008
An effort to rewrite the Florida Constitution to prohibit marriage equality is falling short of the numbers needed for victory in the Nov. 4 election, a Sun Sentinel and Florida Times-Union poll shows. (Link)
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Religious leaders rally to shoot down amendment

Miami Herald
October 16, 2008
Florida Clergy for Fairness, a coalition of interfaith religious leaders, spoke out against Fla.'s proposed anti-gay marriage amendment in a conference call Thursday: "To pass Amendment 2 is to use religion to demonize another human being." [Link]
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Terry Schiavo’s husband Michael jumps into Amendment 2 debate

Sun-Sentinel
October 16, 2008
The debate in Florida about a proposed discriminatory marriage ban -- Amendment 2 -- elicited this video from Michael Schiavo. In the video, he says "the same people who thought they knew what was best for my wife, Terry, are once again trying to tell others how to live.'' [Link]
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Discriminatory marriage amendment tries to divide black community

The Florida Times Union
October 15, 2008
The state conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People opposes the amendment, as does Obama. The NAACP's national president, Julian Bond, and civil rights hero and U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., have spoken out against it. "There's a great deal of suspicion in the black community about who's pushing this and why they're pushing it," said Nadine Smith, co-chairwoman of the No on 2 campaign and executive director of Equality Florida. She said she believes that ultraconservative Republican organizers of the amendment are trying to divert largely Democratic black voters away from other issues.[Link]
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Poll: Florida anti-gay intiative likely to pass

Miami Herald
October 8, 2008
Florida voters look close to passing an anti-gay initiative and rejecting a community college tax and are largely undecided about a handful of property-tax issues, according to a new statewide poll concerning the state's proposed constitutional amendments. (Link)
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