|Why your e-mails are critical to protecting Florida's families!|
|Recently, another organization's E-mail alert regarding the ultrasound bill in Tallahassee has caused some confusion among the grassroots. The Christian Family Coalition's policy is that your response to our E-mail alerts ALWAYS makes a difference, regardless of the results. Never take your influence for granted because each E-mail alert you respond to represents at least 50 other voters who feel the same way as you do but did not have the time or ability to respond; so for every 100 E-mails that represents at least 5,000 people!|
However, this other group believes that since Republicans are currently in the majority in Tallahassee, that all the pro-life, pro-family bills we propose will easily pass while our opponent's bills will never pass. I wish it were so simple, but that is not reality. Allow me to share with you just two (2) classic examples where having Republicans in charge has still allowed our opponents to advance their agenda.
Example #1: In March, 2006, TheTallahassee Democrat first reported that Rep. Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton), then chair of the House's Future of Florida's Families Committee, would schedule a vote on a bill allowing gay foster parents to adopt children already in their care, but only if companion legislation resurfaced in the Senate. At the time, Equality Florida had met with and lobbied Rep. Galvano on the homosexual adoption issue. The result was that new life was breathed into the homosexual adoption bill, catching many pro-family groups off-guard. However, after an intense E-mail campaign by the Christian Family Coalition and the Florida Family Association at the time, the bill was shelved and never got a hearing. While our opponents were playing offense with a Republican official, we were caught off-guard and had to play defense to stop this bill.
Example #2: Last year, a bill was introduced to amend Florida Civil Rights Law to include "sexual orientation" and "gender identity." Although it was sponsored by Senator Ted Deutch, a Democrat from Boca Raton, Senate President Jeff Atwater (R-North Palm Beach) signed on as a co-sponsor. In fact, for the first-time ever last year, the Senate Commerce Committee took up the homosexual special rights bill and passed it out of committee with the support of the following Republicans: Senator Alex Diaz de la Portilla (R-Miami), Victor Crist (R-Tampa), Rudy Garcia (R-Hialeah), Burt Saunders (R-Fort Myers). After the vote, once again, the Florida Family Association and the Christian Family Coalition mounted an intense fax and E-mail campaign to stop the bill in its tracks. As a result, it was never heard nor discussed in another committee and the proposal subsequently died.
We do have very courageous legislators in Tallahassee, on both sides of the aisle. However, as our good friend, former State Representative Wilbert "Tee" Holloway, was fond of saying, it gets lonely up there and they need encouragement and public support from pro-family citizens.
Our opponents never stop working and neither should we. Just this week, homosexual extremists descended upon Tallahassee to directly lobby our legislators to repeal the state's ban on homosexual adoption, create domestic partner benefits for homosexuals (i.e., civil unions, homosexual marriage), and grant special rights for homosexuals. In just a few days, Planned Parenthood will turn out hundreds of lobbyists to work against the pro-life ultrasound bill we just passed out of committee yesterday.
So, the next time you receive an E-mail from the American Family Association, Christian Family Coalition, or the Florida Family Association, no matter how trivial it may seem, please take two minutes to read and send to your legislators and do not forget to forward to your E-mail list as well. As former Senator Bob Dole once said: "Two weeks in politics is like a lifetime." You never know when an anti-family bill that appeared dead on arrival will get new life, and pass, no matter who is in charge!
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