CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT BANNING SAME SEX MARRIAGE COMING TO FLORIDA? - Mitch Perry
Governor Jeb Bush weighed in on the explosive issue of same sex marriage yesterday, saying he MIGHT support a state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage if the courts open the door to such unions in Florida.
It was his strongest statement yet on the issue and came the same day that the Florida Baptist State Convention in Jacksonville unanimously agreed to seek a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman.
Bush said he thinks the state's Defense of Marriage Act prohibits gay marriages, but he might back putting a constitutional question on the ballot if court rulings force the issue.
But the Governor admitted he thought the Legislature would enthusiastically back a constitutional move to ban same-sex marriages if conditions change.
Democratic Minority Leader Ron Klein said he didnÃ¢â¬â¢t think there is any need for such an Amendment (roll tape#1 o.q. Ã¢â¬Åanything we need to doÃ¢â¬?)
The Reverend Jay Dennis is pastor of the First Baptist Church at the Mall in Lakeland, and led the Florida Baptist Convention which concluded Tuesday. He said that when the issue of calling for a Constitutional Amendment banning same sex marriage was introduced, there was nobody dissenting (roll tape#2 O.Q.Ã¢â¬?constitutional amendmentÃ¢â¬?)
Gay Rights groups said that the GovernorÃ¢â¬â¢s comments make it appear likely there will be an Amendment banning same sex marriageÃ¢â¬Â¦.Brian Winfield is a spokesman for the Tampa based group, Equality Florida (roll tape#3 O.Q.Ã¢â¬? year or two yearsÃ¢â¬?)
Last Tuesday, 11 states had the issue of banning same sex marriage on the ballot. In all 11 states, the measure passed easilyÃ¢â¬Â¦.Legal challenges already have been filed against such bans in several states.
.Some gay rights activists have accused Florida of being one of the most anti-gay states in the nation, generally in reference to its policy on not allowing gays to adopt children. WMNF asked The Revered Jay Dennis, why didnÃ¢â¬â¢t Florida have such an Amendment on THIS yearÃ¢â¬â¢s ballot? (roll tape#4 o.q.Ã¢â¬?definition of marriageÃ¢â¬?)
Last weekÃ¢â¬â¢s election has been marred by journalism proclaiming Ã¢â¬ÅValuesÃ¢â¬? as the deciding factor in 3 ÃÂ½ million more Americans votes being registered for George W. Bush over John KerryÃ¢â¬Â¦Ã¢â¬Â¦The Reverend Dennis concurs (roll tape#5 o.q.Ã¢â¬?every vote countedÃ¢â¬?)Ã¢â¬Â¦..Not surprisingly, and with increasing evidence, Equality FloridaÃ¢â¬â¢s Brian Winfield disagrees that Gay Marriage was the reason John Kerry wasnÃ¢â¬â¢t elected last week (roll tape#6 o.q.Ã¢â¬? that saved the PresidentÃ¢â¬?)
Florida made history as the first state in the nation to ban gay marriages in the 1970s amid a controversial campaign by singer Anita Bryant.comments powered by Disqus