Dishonest Tactics of Florida “Same-sex Marriage” Advocates

A pro-“gay marriage” group has a website that I visited the other day. Nowhere do they talk about gay marriage; they just talk about how if Amendment 2 is passed in Florida it will hurt seniors, destroy higher-education (seriously!), and remove rights of all unmarried people. Basically, all the arguments were completely false. If I hadn’t known better I would have thought the site was a spoof site. You have to check out this page (notice the pictures at the top of the screen).

Here are their “6 reasons to Say No”:

“Taking Away Benefits
Amendment 2 could take away existing benefits from all unmarried Floridians
Hurting Seniors
Amendment 2 could force seniors to choose between important benefits like sharing health care and important government benefits.
“Gay Marriage” Bait & Switch
Amendment 2 claims to ban “gay marriage” but Florida already has multiple laws banning same-sex marriage
Massive Government Intrusion
Amendment 2 puts the government where it doesn’t belong – regulating the personal relationships of Floridians
Hiring Expensive Lawyers
Amendment 2 could force unmarried Floridians to hire expensive private lawyers just to protect their basic legal rights
Dramatic Consequences
Amendment 2 could take away job benefits from university employees and be used as a defense to domestic violence – as in other states which passed similar amendments”

The site is very deceiving – I hope that the citizens of Florida see through it. I hope that the citizens of Florida will stand up for marriage and pass Amendment 2.

Here’s an email I received about a new ad (created by the same group as that website) attacking Amendment 2 in Florida, which seeks to protect marriage. The same-sex marriage advocates are stooping very low (i.e., lying) to drum up opposition to Amendment 2.

“NEW TV AD BY STEALTH “GAY RIGHTS” GROUP IS BOTH FACTUALLY WRONG AND ATTEMPTS TO DECEIVE DEMOCRAT VOTERS.

(Orlando, FL) Florida Red and Blue, a political committee and front group for a coalition of homosexual groups opposing Amendment 2, has released a TV ad which is both factually wrong and attempts to mislead and scare senior citizens. The ad will be aired on Florida stations during the Democrat National Convention through out this week.

The campaign commercial has a prominent theme which is repeated three times asserting that the marriage amendment is an attempt by the government to interfere “into our private lives”. Other parts of the ad state that defeating Amendment 2 would “keep government out of our private lives” and that “personal marriage issues should be decided by you, your family and clergy, not by the government.” *

“This ad is just factually wrong and Red and Blue needs to be held accountable for false and misleading advertisements” said John Stemberger, State Chairman of Yes2Marriage.org the official sponsor of the Florida Marriage Protection Amendment. “To the contrary, the citizen initiated and citizen led Amendment 2 has nothing at all to do with government action. It has everything to do with citizen action stopping the government from redefining marriage against their will. Amendment 2 allows the people and not activist judges to decide how marriage will be defined in Florida. This is only the first of a series of ads in an avalanche of fraud and deception that is going to flood the airways in the October.”

The campaign commercial also states* that “Democrats are United against Amendment 2 in Florida.” This is not accurate or factually correct. Over three quarters of a million Florida voters signed a citizen’s initiative petition to get the marriage amendment on the ballot. Well over 33% of those Floridians who signed the petition are registered Democrats. The recent June 3, 2008, Quinnipiac Florida poll demonstrates that a significant 45% of democratic voters in Florida support Amendment 2. Even Senator Barack Obama in the recent Saddleback forum with Rick Warren clearly stated, “I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman.” “This hardly seems like unity among Democrats on the issue of the definition of marriage” said Eladio Armesto, the Chairman of the Florida Democratic League who is a major supporter of Amendment 2 in South Florida.

Stemberger said, “Marriage is not a democrat or a republican issue. It’s not even a liberal – conservative issue. It is a human issue and a moral issue—and one which Floridians will vote yes on in overwhelming numbers on November 4, 2008.”

Finally, the unanimous Florida Supreme Court made up of democrat and republican appointees has ruled that Amendment 2 is about the “singular subject” of marriage and that the effect of the amendment does nothing new as it merely takes the existing law on marriage and places it into the state constitution as 27 other states have done. (1) “Telling senior citizens that they will lose social security and or domestic partner benefits by voting yes on 2 is outright fraud and preys upon Florida’s most vulnerable and precious citizens” commented Stemberger.

For more information or further comment contact:

Yes2Marriage.org at Media@Yes2Marriage.org or call 407-251-1957

* The verbatim wording of the TV Ad states:
“Democrats are united against Amendment 2 in Florida. Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Representatives Debbie Wasserman Shultz and Robert Wexler are all saying vote no on 2. Amendment 2 bans domestic partners, hurting many seniors and letting government into our personal lives. Alex Sink, Cathy Caster and Kendrick Meek oppose Amendment 2 because personal marriage issues should be decided by you, your family and clergy, not the government. Keep government out of our private lives. Vote No on 2.” (Emphasis Added)

(1) “…the amendment essentially tracks the language of the current statutory provision….The proposed amendment is essentially inserting this statutory scheme into the constitution with language substantially similar to the statutory provision itself.” See Opinion to the Attorney General, 926 So.2d 1229 (2006).”