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Questions and Answers Florida Marriage Amendment


1.  What is Amendment 2?
     Amendment 2 is a constitutional amendment that will protect and define marriage in the state of Florida as the union of one man, one woman.

2.  Don’t we already have a state law that protects marriage in Florida?

     Yes we do.  In 1997, the Florida legislature adopted the Florida Defense of Marriage Act, also known as D.O.M.A., under then Democratic Governor Lawton Chiles.

3.  If we already have a state law then why do we need a constitutional amendment?
     The Florida Marriage Amendment does only one thing, it puts the existing state law that protects marriage as one man, one woman into the Constitution, protecting it from frivolous lawsuits.  Remember, when we began to collect signatures on February 14th, 2005, there were lawsuits in our state at the same time; they were all trying to strike down Florida’s Defense of Marriage Act.  Lawsuits were filed in Key West, Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Tampa, Orlando and Jacksonville.  Since this time, all lawsuits were dropped.

4.  What happened in Massachusetts and California, didn’t they already have state laws and constitutional amendments protecting marriage ?
     No.  In 2004, when the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court legalized homosexual marriage, there was not a single state law --- much less a constitutional amendment --- in place to protect marriage as one man, one woman.  Furthermore, in June 2008, when the California Supreme Court legalized homosexual marriage, there was a state law and a referendum which had been approved by voters by a 61% margin in 2000 upholding one man, one woman marriage, but not a constitutional amendment. (California voters will be deciding on a constitutional amendment to protect one man, one woman marriage this November)

5.  Can a state judge, an appeals court, or even the Florida Supreme Court still legalize homosexual marriage?
     No.  If Amendment 2 is approved by voters, no state court in Florida will be able to legalize homosexual marriage or civil unions.

6.  What percentage do we need to approve the Florida Marriage Amendment?

     Sixty-percent (60%).  Currently, polls in Florida have the amendment at between 55-58% support.

7.  How many states currently have laws protecting marriage?
     Forty-five (45) states currently have laws protecting marriage, of these, 27 (twenty-seven) states already have constitutional amendments.  In 2008, three (3) states, California, Arizona, and Florida will be voting to amend their state constitutions.

8.  Will the Social Security benefits of seniors be protected?
     YES.  There is no connection between the Florida constitution and Federal Social Security law.  Your Social Security benefits are completely safe.

9.  Will benefits which seniors and unmarried couples receive from employers be protected?

     YES.  Contracts between private parties are allowed regardless of whether you are single or married.

10. Will seniors and unmarried couples be able to make out wills together?

     YES. The nature of one’s relationship is not relevant to property distribution in Florida.

11. Will powers of attorney still be allowed for seniors and unmarried couples?

     YES.  Marital status is irrelevant to a power of attorney relationship.

12. Will seniors and unmarried couples be allowed to make contracts, like owning a home or a business or other joint property together?

     YES.  Marital status does not affect ownership rights.

13. Will seniors and unmarried couples still have rights like hospital visitation, making medical decisions, and funeral arrangements for one another?

     YES.  Of course, visiting a loved one in the hospital is unaffected by marital status.  Other legal rights are already available with proper legal contracts.

The Consequences of Not Approving the Marriage Amendment:

1.  Schools will be required to teach children that homosexual behavior is healthy:  National Public Radio recently interviewed Deb Allen, an eighth-grade teacher in Brookline, MA, who has models, diagrams and sex toys to teach her class how homosexuals share intimacy.  The NPR report said that Allen felt “emboldened” since the high court legalized homosexual marriage, and she said that if someone wanted to challenge her, she would say, “Give me a break.  It’s legal now.”

2. Faith-based adoption agencies required to hand-over orphans to homosexuals:

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3. Pastor sanctioned by government for speaking out against homosexuality:

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4. Christian businesses will be forced to surrender their moral beliefs:
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5. States will ban use of the word bride and groom.
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