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Democrat Rich pledges to repeal same-sex marriage ban

by John Kennedy | July 2nd, 2013

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nan Rich sent out a fund-raising appeal Tuesday pledging to erase Florida’s same-sex marriage ban.

Rich, who badly trails potential Democratic rivals Charlie Crist and Alex Sink in polls, targets Republican Gov. Rick Scott’s defense of the marriage ban in a blast email to supporters.

“The ink was barely dry on the Supreme Court’s decision before Gov. Scott announced he supports continuing Florida’s ban of same-sex marriage,” Rich said. “Well…I do not.

“As governor, I will work to pass a new constitutional amendment that will allow Florida to join the rapidly growing ranks of marriage equality states,” she said.

Equal Marriage Florida last week began work on gathering the more than 680,000 petition signatures needed for a proposed constitutional amendment erasing the gay marriage ban approved by voters only five years ago.

The effort was launched just days before U.S. Supreme Court rulings that struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act and cleared the way for California to become the 13th state in the nation where same-sex couples can legally marry.

Florida’s iniative faces enormous odds in even making it to the ballot. But if it did share space with the governor’s race on the November 2014 ballot, the proposed constitutional amendment is seen by many experts as likely driving Democratic turnout.

Another gay advocacy organization, Equality Florida, has warned against moving too quickly with a ballot proposal. Instead, Equality Florida has begun seeking same-sex couples willing to lend their name to a legal effort challenging the constitutionality of the state’s 2008 ban.

Crist, the former Republican governor now a Democrat emerging as the front-runner to challenge Scott, lin May endorsed gay marriage – despite signing the 2006 petition for a constitutional ban and reaffirming his opposition in 2008.

 

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15 Responses to “Democrat Rich pledges to repeal same-sex marriage ban”

  1. Florida Mom Says:

    I’ll vote for Nan in 2014! At least she’s a Democrat. And she has experience. Go Nan!

  2. Taxpayer Says:

    Thank goodness governor Scott has the courage to defend traditional marriage in this state. How low has society fallen that we need a law to confirm what nature already screams at us. One man one woman = marriage. The idea that gays are discriminated against is ridiculous. All persons are allowed to marry in Florida. However, no one, gay or straight, is allowed to marry a person of the same gender. A gay man is no more permitted to marry another man than a straight man is. The left is attempting to ruin this country by destroying the nuclear family, which is the foundation of a healthy society. Treating gays with thevsame dignity and respect as all people is paramount. But redefining an institution as old as humanity itself will be the end of us.

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  5. yvonne hartshorn (@yvonnehartshorn) Says:

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