EQUALITY FLORIDA - Mitch Perry07/23/04
With the potential to tap as many as 350-thousand voters, Equality Florida is starting a voter mobilization effort aimed at bringing gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transsexuals to the polls for the fall elections.
The Tampa-based human rights group is joining with thirty other
groups in taping the large pool of potential voters, hoping a
strong turnout among those communities could make the difference in
tight elections ranging from the presidential race to local
Nadine Smith is the Executive Director for Equality Florida...WMMF asked her how big is the potential Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual and Transgendered vote this year?
(roll tape#1 o.q."for political gain")
Last week the U.S. Senate knocked down an attempt to get a Constitutional Amendment banning same sex marriage, but yesterday the House of Representatives passed legislation preventing federal courts from ordering state to recognize same-sex union that took place in other states. Democrats objected to the Bill as an unconstitutional attack on gays and the federal judiciary to satisfy the GOP's political base.
And this November, no less than 11 states plan to have initiatives on their ballots that ban same sex marriage....WMNF asked Nadine Smith from Equality Florida what she thought about this renewed political attack against the gay community (roll tape#2 o.q."we think this is going to back fire")
Groups such as the Florida Consumer Action Network, the Human
Rights Campaign and People for the American Way are among the
groups joining in the effort.
They'll begin with voter registration drives, including
one that has already begun in Miami-Dade. That will be followed
with telephone banks, door-to-door canvassing and mailings to
encourage voters to either voter early by absentee ballot or turn
out on Election Day.