Sunday, August 21, 2005
Backers: Same-sex union ban advancing; Opponents say the proposed amendment to the constitution is politically motivated
Supporters of a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage in Florida said Friday that they are "on the brink" of collecting enough signatures to prompt a Supreme Court review of their proposal. The measure, which supporters want to put on the November 2006 ballot, would define marriage in Floridaas "the legal union of only one man and one woman as husband and wife." It also would ensure that "no other legal union that is treated as marriage or the substantial equivalent" would be allowed. Backers say the amendment is necessary because gay marriage would undermine heterosexual marriage. Opponents call it an attempt to sanction discrimination and to rally social conservatives to the polls next year. By Jason Garcia and Arin Gencer , OrlandoSentinel.
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/state/orl-marriage2005aug20,0,1154555.story, last visited August 21, 2005.