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Targeting Tampa's gay marriage opponents

Thousands of Tampa-area voters who signed petitions that helped the so-called Marriage Protection Amendment get on the Nov. 4 ballot are receiving this letter from the opposition, suggesting they might have been "misinformed" about what they were signing.

The letter from the Red and Blue Committee says, among other things: "People collecting petitions aren't always honest about the issues they're pushing -- especially if they're paid by the signature." That  infuriated Florida Family Action, the group seeking to put a same-sex marriage ban in the Constitution, because its petition-gatherers were unpaid volunteers. (Red and Blue countered that its letter did not specifically accuse Florida Family Action of paying for signatures).

The letter looks like a warm-up for a petition revocation effort, except that wouldn't make sense. The same-sex marriage ban is already on the ballot, as Amendment 2. Asked why the letter focuses on Hillsborough County (and Leon), Red and Blue spokesman Stephen Gaskill said: "Obviously, statewide elections are won in the I-4 corridor, so we're starting in Tampa, where we have a strong base of support." Florida Family Action says "homosexual activists" are behind the letter.   

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 11:57am]

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