A campaign by conservative and religious activists to amend the state Constitution to ban gay marriage used Valentine’s Day to launch its petition drive.
At County Hall in Miami-Dade County, the Christian Family Coalition and other religious and community groups said that although Florida law already prevents two men or two women from getting married, an amendment to the state Constitution would prevent the courts from overturning those restrictions.
“This state law is being targeted for defeat,” said Anthony Verdugo, executive director of the Christian Family Coalition.
Joined by other groups throughout the state, the anti-gay marriage activists hope to collect more than 600,000 valid signatures by February 2006. That could set the stage for a statewide vote the following November.
In Orlando, the Florida Coalition to Protect Marriage, registered as a statewide political committee, announced that the amendment would define marriage exclusively as “the legal union of only one man and one woman as husband and wife.” The group’s proposal emphasizes that “no other legal union that is treated as marriage” would be valid or recognized by the state.
How about this compromise: we agree not to challenge the current law and they agree not to push the amendment.