Tuesday, September 9, 2008

"Not Enough" to Discriminate in the Sunshine State

A new poll shows just how far the LGBT community has come in just a few years. Since 2004, when voters passed anti-marriage equality amendments in states across the country, there has been a subtle, but at the same time seismic, shift in public opinion about relationships, families and the protections they should both receive.

In November, Florida voters will be asked to modify their own constitution with a divisive amendment that would not only deny same-sex couples the benefits of marriage, but would also render even civil unions and domestic partnerships null and void.

Amendment 2, being pushed by anti-family advocates in the state, says that, "Inasmuch as marriage is the legal union of only one man and one woman as husband and wife, no other legal union that is treated as marriage or the substantial equivalent thereof shall be valid or recognized."

Fortunately, more and more Floridians are opposed to this discriminatory attempt to divide the electorate and disrespect LGBT people.

A new Quinnipac University poll finds that support for the amendment has not reached the 60% threshold needed to pass, and that, in fact, support has declined by three percentage points over the past since June.

The amendment "has the support of 55 percent of Florida voters, which is not enough to get approved in the state," today's report says, noting that "support is slipping for Amendment 2."

Republican lawmakers are joining many of their Democratic colleagues in opposing the amendment, too. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, for example, has pledged her support for defeating the ballot initiative, and has vowed to work to convince Floridians to vote "no" on November 4.

That's good news for Florida's families, and a testament to rapidly changing attitudes about equality and civil rights for all.

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