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The Florida Miracle?

Timothy Kincaid

January 16th, 2008

miracle.jpgJust a month ago gay Floridians were gearing up to face yet another anti-gay marriage amendment. Supporters of constitutional discrimination had cheered the meeting of their signature collection goal and disassembled their signature teams. They had met the magic number of 611,009.

But the most peculiar thing has happened. The petition collectors seem not to have kept their own count, relying on the state. And the state made an error by double counting signatures taken before a certain date from a certain county.

And the petition stands 22,000 signatures short. Now the anti-marriage efforts must start anew and get those signatures collected and validated before February 1.

If the tables were turned, we all know that Pat Robertson and company would be declaring this to be the glorious intervention of God. He had befuddled the minds of the enemy and confused their nefarious homosexual agenda.

But I’m not going to make such claims.

Activists on both sides of the issue predicted the shortfall will be overcome in time, though. blasted an urgent e-mail to supporters Tuesday announcing the crisis and urging them to “pull out all stops” in collecting signatures during the next two weeks.

But if by some chance they are not able to get their signatures… well, I may be willing to see the hand of the divine.



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