Miami Mayor Comes Out Against Anti-Gay Fla. Amendment

EDGE Boston
September 9, 2008
The mayor of Miami has come out against the proposed amendment, saying, "I don’t see how this amendment protects anything." [Link]

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Florida Gov. Charlie Crist won’t campaign for anti-gay-marriage amendment

South Florida Sun-Sentinel
September 10, 2008
The stance fits Crist's moderate, pragmatic political ideology, which advisor Brian Ballard describes as "live and let live." Derek Newton, campaign manager for Say No to 2, said Crist's lukewarm endorsement of the marriage ban is just the latest indicator that the "passion and the fire and the light around this issue has dimmed." [Link]

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Fla. School Board Opposes Marriage Ban

Miami Herald
September 10, 2008
''When we say and recite our pledge of allegiance, we say liberty and justice for all,'' said Adriane Reesey, a community involvement specialist with the Broward Sheriff's Office, which also endorsed the board's decision. [Link]

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Judge Rules Against Florida’s Ban on Adoptions by Gay People

Miami Herald
September 10, 2008
Declaring the adoption to be in the boy's ''best interest,'' Circuit Judge David J. Audlin Jr. said the Florida law forbidding gay people from adopting children is contrary to the state Constitution because it singles out a group for punishment.[Link]

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Backers of marriage ban rally pastors in Fla.

St. Petersburg Times
September 9, 2008
"We have a pulpit; we have a captive audience," the Rev. Tom Messer, head of Trinity Baptist Church in Jacksonville, told the pastors. "You have an opportunity to influence them. …" [Link]

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Marriage fight coming to airwaves and pulpits

South Florida Sun-Sentinel
September 9, 2008
"Like antiquated laws barring interracial marriages, a ban on gay marriage doesn't protect the institution of marriage. It just prolongs bigotry." [Link]

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Why Each State is Important

Box Turtle Bulletin
September 9, 2008
Collectively, we have the opportunity to send a very strong message this year. Should we win in all three states we will be able to state that those who experience same-sex marriages within their communities have found them to be no threat, that anti-marriage efforts will not win you election in a swing state, and that coming back to a state that has rejected discrimination is a waste of time and money. [Link]

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Amendment 5 faces long odds

The News Press
August 29, 2008
Amendment 2, the Florida anti-gay proposal, had 57 percent support statewide while 36 percent said they'd vote against it in a Mason-Dixon poll released Thursday. Constitutional amendments require 60 percent approval for passage, so the amendment's fate is within the poll's 4 percent margin of error. (Link)

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Do it for Del

365Gay.com
September 2, 2008
With the passing of leader and pioneer Del Martin, a columnist urges, "Do, for Del, engage in the campaign for “no” votes if you live in one of the states facing an anti-gay initiative." (Link)

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For Arizona, Three’s a Crowd

Advocate
September 23, 2008
In the end, gay rights activists are hoping for a hat trick, though that seems unlikely given the odds facing Arizona. But Evan Wolfson insists that one victory is paramount. “Holding California is an outright win,” he says, whereas in Arizona and Florida “we will not have advanced -- but simply beaten back an attack.” [Link]

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