Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Florida Marriage Protection Amendment Goes To The Florida Supreme Court

Today, Florida4Marriage.org, the sponsor of the Florida Marriage Protection Amendment, filed a 45-page brief with the Florida Supreme Court in preparation for the voter initiative to be placed on the 2006 ballot. Florida4Marriage.org is represented by Liberty Counsel President and General Counsel, Mathew D. Staver, and Mary McAlister, Litigation Counsel.

The Amendment states: “Inasmuch as marriage is the legal union of only one man and one woman as husband and wife, no other legal union that is treated as marriage or the substantial equivalent thereof shall be valid or recognized.”

Prior to being placed on the ballot, amendments to the state constitution must be reviewed by the Florida Supreme Court to ensure that they address a single subject and that the title and summary are clear and unambiguous. The Court cannot address the substance of the language. The ACLU, National Center for Lesbian Rights, Equality Florida and the AFL-CIO have joined together in a brief voicing opposition to the Amendment by seeking to inject unfounded fear designed to mislead the public. They erroneously argue that the Amendment will strip unmarried same-sex couples of all legal protections. These allegations are not true. Similar scare tactic arguments have been rejected by courts in Louisiana, Kentucky and Massachusetts.

The Florida Marriage Protection Amendment will enshrine in the state constitution what has been true since Florida was a territory – marriage is the union of one man and one woman. Same-sex marriage advocates know that when the people have the opportunity to vote they overwhelmingly uphold marriage between one man and one woman. Their only hope is to misrepresent the facts and derail the Amendment. Pure and simple, the ACLU and its allies want to take away our right to vote. But that will not happen. We will vote and we will protect marriage between one man and one woman because it is best for the family and for Florida’s children.

Petitions for the Florida Marriage Protection Amendment can be downloaded at www.Florida4Marriage.org. This Sunday, September 25, Florida churches of all denominations will be participating in Marriage Protection Sunday. Tables will be available for people to sign the Marriage Petition.