|Human rights leaders join CFC for major press conference on Marriage|
Human rights leaders join CFC for major press conference on Marriage
Attorney calls Florida voters "bullies"?
MIAMI-On Friday, February 14th, Valentine's Day, the Christian Family Coalition (CFC), Florida's premiere human rights and social justice advocacy organization, was joined by two of the most prominent human and civil rights organizations in our state, Florida Democratic League (FDL) and People United to Lead the Struggle for Equality (PULSE), at a press conference to launch a counteroffensive against a discriminatory lawsuit filed by anti-voting rights extremists to overthrow Florida's historic voter-approved constitutional respect for the institution of Marriage as the union of one man, one woman.
Our message is clear: the voting rights of Floridians would be violated if a judge strikes down Florida's constitutional respect for the institution of Marriage as the union of one man, one woman, approved by voters, 62 percent of them, in the historic election of 2008.
"Will Judge Sarah Zabel do to our voting rights what Bull Connor did to our civil rights?" the Rev Nathaniel J. Wilcox, an African-American leader of a group called People United to Lead the Struggle for Equality, said in comparing the judge overhearing the case to the infamous Birmingham police commissioner who supported segregation.
"The blood of the martyrs cries out for justice," Wilcox said. “This lawsuit is hardly about the institution of marriage as much as it is about the constitutional right to vote and having our votes counted and protected."
Not surprisingly, attorney Elizabeth Schwartz, who filed the lawsuit admitted they will use the courts for "righting a wrong", "doing justice", "protecting minorities from bullying, which is exactly what this is — bullying."
What is "right" about erasing an entire election?, what is "just" about violating a person's basic civil right to vote and have their vote respected? who are the real bullies here, Florida voters, or anti-voting rights extremists seeking to violate Florida voter's rights?
"We will stand with Florida's voters to beat back this discriminatory lawsuit filed by anti-voting extremists because it strips Floridians of their equality under the law, dignity and basic right to have their vote counted", stated Dr. Eladio Jose Armesto, Chairman, Florida Democratic League (FDL).
Verdugo, concluded, "If anti-voting rights extremists are not happy with the results of the historic election, then they can initiate a citizen's initiative to put the question on the ballot, what they have no right to do is trash our votes."