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Florida Anti-Marriage Initiative “Barely Meets Deadline”

Jim Burroway

February 2nd, 2008

First it was on, then it was off. Now it’s on again:

After four years of signature gathering, backers of a measure to deny family benefits for unmarried Floridians barely met the requirements to place the so-called “Florida Marriage Protection” constitutional amendment on the November ballot, according to state election officials.

Demographically, Florida has much in common with Arizona, particularly a large Senior Citizen base. And Florida’s proposed amendment, like Arizona’s would strip unmarried seniors from local protections and benefits due them because of their unmarried status. Seeing how difficult it has been to get the required number of signatures in such a socially conservative state, Florida looks like it will be shaping up into a very interesting battle.

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