Local reaction to passage of Amendment 2

11/10/08 Seán Kinane
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Last week, more than 62 percent of Florida voters supported Amendment 2.

The amendment defined marriage as between one man and one woman and also outlawed recognition of any partnership that is the substantial equivalent of marriage.

Today, WMNF spoke with supporters and opponents of Amendment 2 to get their reaction to its inclusion in the state’s constitution and what it might mean for Florida.

Terry Kemple is president of the Community Issues Council and volunteered with efforts to pass Amendment 2. “The sole purpose … was to put the definition of marriage … into the constitution so that judges couldn’t overturn the law. There is no other purpose and there is no other plan.”

In February, WMNF reported on the attempt by a dozen same-sex couples to marry in Hillsborough County. They were denied, but a ceremony was performed by the Rev. Phyllis Hunt, senior pastor of Metropolitan Community Church of Tampa. Hunt opposed Amendment 2.

Photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF (February 2008)

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