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St. Petersburg council silent on Amendment 2



ST. PETERSBURG- Former City Council member John "Jay" Lasita asked the council to adopt a resolution Thursday against Amendment 2, the so-called gay marriage ban before voters this November.

It didn't go over very well. Not one council member supported putting the resolution to a vote.

Council members, even those who oppose the measure, said voters could take the resolution the wrong way.

"We do get a lot of heat from people with us using our positions to tell them how to vote," said council member Jeff Danner.

Even council chairman Jamie Bennett, who has campaigned against Amendment 2, would not support the resolution.

"I will not be supporting this amendment when I go to vote next month," said Bennett.  "It does impact people in their normal existence and I think that is the unintended consequence."

Lasita is the Central Florida field leader for Florida Red & Blue, the group that's fighting Amendment 2. He urged council members to reconsider voting on the resolution at their next meeting Oct. 16.

Cristina Silva, Times Staff Writer


[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:37am]


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