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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Fla. divided on anti-gay marriage amendment

Southern Voices
October 3, 2008
With one month until Florida voters go to the polls to decide the fate of a constitutional ban on gay and lesbian couples' marriages, opponents of that measure are fighting to keep it under the 60 percent threshold it needs to succeed. [Link]
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Billionaire gives $100k to block marriage equality in FL

ECCO
October 1, 2008
Rich Devos, Amway billionaire and owner of the NBA Orlando Magic, is supporting Florida's Amendment 2 that blocks marriage equality and its substantial equivalent. This could be interpreted as civil unions and domestic partnerships. [Link]

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FL: Question asks to restrict marriage

Palm Beach Post
October 1, 2008
Experts in elder law contend that the so-called Florida Marriage Protection Amendment will harm seniors who live together without getting married to protect their assets, including Social Security benefits and pensions that would be reduced if they were to legally wed. [Link]

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Kick Jim Crow Out Of Constitution And Don’t Put Marriage In

Tampa Tribune
September 28, 2008
The Tribune recommends voters in Florida vote No on 2: "changing the constitution, when it hasn't proven necessary, is not the way to do it. We urge you to Vote No on Amendment 2." (Link)

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Gay Couples’ Marriages Not The Issue For Black Clergy

Palm Beach Post
September 29, 2008
Rhonda Swan writes, "Keeping homosexuals from legalizing their already existing relationships does nothing for their so-called cause of protecting marriage. Being proactive instead of reactive just might." [Link]

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