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Scott: No gay marriage law coming to Florida



Gov. Rick Scott was in St. Petersburg Monday to hold a ceremonial signing of several education bills. He then met with reporters and answered a few questions, including whether Florida might legalize gay marriage, like New York recently did.

"Well, as you know, by the constitution, that can’t come here," Scott told reporters. "So…it won’t be …it’s not really a discussion here."

Scott's right. Section 27 of the Florida Constitution defines marriage as "the legal union of only one man and one woman as husband and wife." The constitutional amendment, adopted by voters in 2008, says that "no other legal union that is treated as marriage or the substantial equivalent thereof shall be valid or recognized."

Scott also sidestepped questions about SunRail, the commuter rail project being planned for Central Florida. Scott has until the end of the week to decide whether or not to let that project go forward. Opponents of SunRail are urging Scott to kill the project like he did high-speed rail, arguing that SunRail is even a worse deal for Florida taxpayers.

"As you know, I made the decision on high-speed rail because it didn’t make economic sense for our state. It was going to have significant cost to our state and ongoing cost every year. On SunRail, we’re going through it. We’re having public hearings tomorrow. We have six public hearings in the Orlando area. The Orlando-Melborne area," he said. "We are getting feedback from both people who like it and don’t like it. One thing you’ll find out if you ever become governor is that not everybody likes everything you do. Not everybody supports every project.

"But we’re going through making sure that if it goes forward, it’s a project that the community wants. It’s a project that makes economic sense. 
I’ll be making the decision later this week."

Danny Valentine, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Monday, June 27, 2011 2:39pm]


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