Thursday, July 25, 2013

It's Not Time For Florida!

On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), ruling the federal government must recognize legal marriages of same-sex couples performed internationally, in 13 states and the District of Columbia. But the high court did not consider the portion of DOMA that allows states to not recognize same-sex marriages.

Gay marriage is constitutionally banned in the U.S. state of Florida since 2008.

Last June, Equal Marriage Florida began work on gathering the more than 683,000 petition signatures needed for a proposed constitutional amendment erasing the gay marriage ban approved by voters five years ago. In three weeks, they collected nearly 40.000 signatures. You can download the petition form here.

There is a 54% of voters in support of marriage for same-sex couples in Florida, according to a recent Public Religion Research poll. But it would take 60% majority to repeal the gay ban, and seems that’s currently not possible.

Howard Simon, ACLU of Florida Executive Director, has said: "I don’t want to build up any false expectations that it would be good to run back to the ballot right now, or that it would be good to think that we should file a lawsuit anytime until the hearts and minds change more and the environment changes a bit more". And he added: “People have to be realistic. We have a high hurdle to jump over in Florida, which is the 60 percent rule".

Sadly, it's not time for Florida... but work go on!

By the way, a warning to those who ask to boycott Florida ... I will continue drinking orange juice from Florida, and visiting the Orlando Theme Parks.

1 comment:

  1. By Dávíd Ben-'Ánáh'gín:

    Whenever a state law oversees a federal law, that state law becomes unconstitutional. Since Prop 8 and DOMA where repealed by SCOTUS, claiming those to be unconstitutional, that also means that the Florida law is unconstitutional.

    The 9th Amendment allows for equal rights for all people, based on the rights given by the Constitution shall not be twisted to deny or belittle others. Notice this includes all people, not just the majority or even the minority, but all people are equal.