Florida Marriage Amendment
The 2008 election cycle promises to be nothing short of electric in Florida. With the presidential election as well as, as of last week, a vote on a Florida constitutional amendment to give even more tax relief the political machine will be firing on all cylinders. Add to that yet another vote which promises to be one of, if not the most hotly contested issue; the Florida Marriage Amendment.
The amendment needs only 21,000 more signatures before February 1, 2008 and it will be on the November 2008 ballot. Easy.
Anticipating the battle to come, the opposition is already gearing up and Equality Florida is calling on bloggers to enter the fray. As is typical of the enemies of traditional marriage, even this initial call to arms ignores the truth in an effort to paint a picture of a nation moving towards the warm embrace of same sex marriage. This is, of course, does not accurately reflect reality.
For regulars here at PEER Review, much of this will be a review. We've covered this topic in detail, but Florida's liberals obviously need a refresher course.
Time to dive in: the opponents of the Florida Marriage Amendment are skewing the facts.
"We Can Win in . Not only is the country trending our way, the 2006 election cycle delivered the first defeat in AZ. Just as significantly, 5 other states including ultra conservative Virginia saw more than 40% of it voters reject the amendment. In , 48% rejected the measure.
On top of that, 41 states have statutes protecting marriage. Here is what this trend looks like:
Know how many states don't have either an amendment or a statute protecting marriage? Six.
The truth of the matter is that the "trends" show incredible support for the idea of preserving traditional marriage. Even here in Florida. In fact, Equality Florida's own poll shows overwhelming support for preserving marriage.
I will agree, however, that this is certainly a fight that the opponents of the amendment can win. Why? Because the amendment will require 60% approval. The polls indicate that support for the amendment is hovering at around 60%. It will be close; very close. Which is why it is absolutely necessary for Conservatives and proponents of traditional marriage to encourage their friends and family to vote their conscience.
Opponents of the amendment have and will continue to engage in a campaign of belittling the views of traditionalists here in Florida. Remember when you are told that your views are antiquated that the majority of states disagree, as do the majority of Floridians. Stand strong by your convictions and this will be a battle that true marriage wins.