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Marriage amendment push continues



Organizers fell short of obtaining the needed more than 600,000 signatures to get a state constitutional ban on same-sex marriages on the ballot for 2006. But is working to quickly get another 28,000 signatures to put it on the ballot in 2008.

"Give some thought right now to asking family members, friends, co-workers, church members or neighbors to sign on petition and mail it in. That's right - right now, you can play a decisive role in bringing the petition drive to a close in the early weeks of 2007,'' says the group's latest e-mail.

After voters in red state Arizona shot down a similiar initiative last November, such gay marriage amendments no longer look like quite the sure thing for passing as they once did (especially when Florida now requires at least a 60-percent margin to pass). But without an unimpeachable social conservative currently among the top tier Republican presidential candidates, a gay marriage/civil union referendum could be just the ticket to mobilize the Florida GOP base in '08.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:25pm]


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