Florida will be voting on November 4th to ban same-sex marriage. Under the ridiculous name of ‘Florida Marriage Protection Amendment’ this constitutional amendment will specifically discriminate against gays and lesbians. In addition, it will also discriminate against seniors and other heterosexual couples who choose to live together rather than marry.
So whose marriage are they protecting?
Imagine if there was an amendment on the November ballot called Florida Home Ownership Protection Amendment that defines home ownership as the legal contract of a white married couple. This would ban the following groups from home ownership: African-Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans. Oh yeah, unmarried whites would also be banned from home ownership.
Who could forget this from Article I, Section 2 of the United States Constitution?
Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons.
This was remedied by Amendment 14 which was ratified in 1868.
The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.
And women were given their right to vote fifty years later:
The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.
It’s hard to believe that in the 21st century we’d be taking such a turn back towards close-mindedness. This is discrimination any way you look at it.
The Florida Marriage Protection Amendment is solely trying to ‘protect’ the word marriage for bigoted heterosexual couples.
As a result of this amendment and others like it around the country, gay and lesbian couples will be denied some of the basic rights that heterosexual couples take for granted – like hospital visitation and health benefits.
Not one newspaper in the state endorses this amendment.
Same-sex marriage is already illegal in the state of Florida, so what is the real purpose of this bill? I’d say it is two-fold. First, there is a possibility that the Supreme Court would rule that banning same-sex marriage is unconstitutional so placing an amendment like this one into the constitution would make overturning this ban more difficult. We’re really going out of our way to make sure that we lock in discrimination. Makes you proud to be a Floridian, doesn’t it?
The other reason this amendment is on the ballot is to get all the intolerant religious zealots and homophobic bigots out to the precincts on Election Day. This will help the Republicans who pathetically are proud to call these cretins their base.
Any politician who has endorsed this discriminatory amendment is either a religious zealot, a homophobic bigot or a coward who is afraid to stand up to their political base.
We’ve been cleaning discrimination from our laws since the Civil War. I cannot believe that we are voting to add an amendment like this to our laws. Today, we are targeting gays and lesbians. What’s tomorrow? Hispanics? Asians? Catholics? Jews? Liberals? Conservatives? You?
We are better than this!
Florida is better than this!
America is better than this!
Vote NO on 2!