Florida's popular former Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham has announced his opposition Amendment 2. Graham served as Florida's governor from 1979 to 1987 and as the state's U.S. Senator from 1987 to 2005, notably as chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Since retiring from the Senate, Graham now concentrates his efforts on the Bob Graham Center for Public Service at his undergraduate alma mater, the University of Florida.
He joins more than 200 prominent leaders and organizations on Florida Red & Blue's Advisory Board against the so-called "Florida Marriage Protection Amendment":
The law of Florida defines marriage as an institution between one woman and one man. It is not necessary to amend the state constitution to say it again. However, the words of Amendment 2 go beyond redundancy. They would terminate legal rights of unmarried couples, including elderly couples. Heterosexual domestic partners would lose health, pension, and visitation rights with potentially unanticipated, very negative consequences. Floridians know the laws and their rights today - Amendment 2 is too big a risk for our future.
Graham joins a growing number of groups and leaders standing against Amendment 2:
• The Miami Beach City Commission and the Broward County Commission passed resolutions opposing Amendment 2.
• The Mayor and City Commission of West Palm Beach voted unanimously on Oct. 6. West Palm Beach was the first city in Florida to provide domestic partner benefits for families of city employees. The cities of Lake Worth and Oakland Park passed a similar resolution.
• The Broward County School Board voted on September 9, in a resolution that noted "the loss of domestic partner benefits could cause great harm to the education of the children of Broward County, as many BCSB employees would be forced to leave Florida and seek employment providing said benefits."
• Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, the state's largest health insurer, opposes Amendment 2 predicting a major impact on its ability to provide benefits.
For an in-depth look at the legal issues surrounding Amendment 2, check out my ongoing series of posts:
- The Real Impact of Florida's Amendment 2
- Florida's Amendment 2: Florida Is No Connecticut!
For information on how to help fight Florida's Amendment 2, visit www.SayNo2.com.