The compassionate conservatives are at it again. A constitutional amendment is set to go on the ’08 ballot to “protect marriage” from the evil gays here in Florida. The amendment’s broadly written language mimics that of the amendment passed in Michigan, where domestic partner benefits are being stripped away. The group pushing the issue, Florida4Marriage (named in the same manner as “The Clean Air Act” and “No Child Left Behind”), is only 13,000 votes from getting it on the ballot.
Now you might be wondering, with same-sex marriage already illegal in Florida (along with adoption), why would this amendment be so necessary? Why would people want a wedge issue amendment on the November 2008 ballot in a key battle ground state like Florida if it is unnecessary? Just ask the Florida Republican Party, who had given the campaign for the amendment over $300,000. Not to doubt the motives of the good people in the “Big Tent”, but it all seems very convenient, huh?
Luckily, we here in Florida have two strong groups fighting to push back this effort. Florida Red and Blue (a bi-partisan, independent political campaign) and Fairness for All Families (a coalition that includes seniors, business leaders, consumer groups and social justice organizations) have both out-raised Florida4Marriage in funds. Of course, when you have a deceptively worded amendment that plays into the worst nature and biases of people, sometimes all the money in the world won’t make a difference. Both groups are trying to educate the public (no small feat here in Florida, home of the hanging chad and Katherine Harris) about the broad affect this amendment will have not only on the LGBT community and their domestic partner benefits, but also on seniors and other unmarried heterosexual couples.
It seems that as a rabid, militant, homosexual activist, my one goal in life is to sneak into the homes of straight people and destroy their marriages and families (cue the ominous music). And what is the best way to stop this insidious gay agenda? Why, government intrusion into our private lives, removal of established domestic partnership benefits, and attacking seniors, of course! That makes perfect sense. Thank goodness we have these morally righteous people looking out for us.
You really have to wonder what, if any, are the true values of these marriage protectionists… Or maybe you don’t have to wonder at all-- you can just look at their actions.