Florida: Recognition of same-sex
Part 7: 2014-JUL: Hearings in state courts
the Florida same-sex marriage ban
Responding to anti-equality statements by Dr. Eladio Jose Armesto, Chair of the Florida Democracy League:
- Christopher L. Smith (D), Democratic Leader of the Florida Senate, said:
"I am deeply disturbed by the comments made in an apparent attempted intimidation of the judiciary. They have no place in our community or our judicial system. This is unacceptable on any day, but the fact that such hateful words and misguided analogy were spoken on the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act is the most troubling. I encourage all Floridians to embrace equality for all Americans, especially our LGBT brothers and sisters who are waging a battle against those who seek to relegate them to second-class status. I am confident that Judge Zabel will rule according to the letter of the law." 3
- Member of Congress for Florida, Rep. Alcee L. Hastings (D), Senior Member of the House Rules Committee, Ranking Democratic Member of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Co-Chairperson of the Florida Delegation said:
“Dr. Armesto’s comments are inexcusable and completely outrageous. Furthermore, his words are particularly offensive given that he made them on the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.
"We must not let the pages of history turn backwards on equality for all Americans. Following the historic Supreme Court rulings in the cases of United States v. Windsor and Hollingsworth v. Perry last year, more states than ever before, as well as the District of Columbia, now recognize the equal rights of committed gay and lesbian couples. It is high time that we afford all individuals the same rights, benefits and protections, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
While we continue to face ongoing challenges to equal rights for all Americans, let us be emboldened in our efforts, knowing that discrimination, bigotry, and hate have no place in our country’s laws." 3
Hastings seems to imply that people who are opposed to marriage equality in Florida base their beliefs on bigotry and hate. In reality, many base their beliefs on what they sincerely regard as the highest of motives -- their interpretation of statements in the Bible that they believe refer to marriage and to persons with a homosexual or bisexual orientation.
The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above
menu. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.
- "Why we're fighting for marriage," You Tube video, Equality Florida, at: https://www.youtube.com/
- "Florida Couples and Equality Florida Institute Urge Court to Strike Down State’s Ban on Marriage Equality," Press Release, National Center for Lesbian Rights, 2014-JUL-02, at: http://www.nclrights.org/
- Curt Anderson, "Sides square off on Fla. gay marriage ban," Miami Herald, 2014-JUL-02, at: http://www.miamiherald.com/
- "Chairman of FL Democracy League Compares Gays' Right to Marry to the KKK," You Tube, 2014-JUL-02, at: https://www.youtube.com/
- Zachary Fagenson, "Florida court hears arguments against same-sex marriage ban." Reuters, 2014-JUL-02, at: http://www.reuters.com/
- Pam Bondi, "Attorney General Bondi’s Statement on Same-Sex Marriage Lawsuit," My Florida Legal, 2014-JUN-02, at: http://www.myfloridalegal.com/
Copyright © 2014 by Ontario Consultants on Religious
Originally written: 2014-JUL-06
Latest update: 2014-AUG-04
Author: B.A. Robinson