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81% of Floridians are just fine with same-sex marriage

New poll comes two months after nuptials began statewide

March 26, 2015

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Jim Harper, Media/Communications, 727-388-3636, jim@eqfl.org

A new poll shows that a vast majority of Floridians are content that same-sex couples can now marry in their state.

“Gay marriage becoming legal in Florida doesn’t seem to be doing anyone much harm,” says Public Policy Polling, a widely respected research firm in Raleigh, North Carolina.

“Eighty-one percent of voters in the state say it’s either had a positive impact on their lives or no impact at all, with just 20% claiming that it’s affected them negatively.”

Even among Republican voters, whose party has long argued against marriage equality, more than seven in 10 said marriage equality had affected them positively or not at all.

“Florida has embraced the freedom to marry. The hollow rhetoric of prejudice continues to fall away as people across the state celebrate the weddings of their friends and family,” said Nadine Smith, CEO of Equality Florida, one of several groups that helped overturn Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage. “Thousands of couples have already taken advantage of this new freedom in Florida, and our communities are better and stronger because of it.”

The poll of registered voters was conducted between March 19 and 22, a little more than two months after a federal appeals court decided not to intervene in lower court rulings that had invalidated Florida’s ban.

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Pennsylvania Governor Won’t Appeal Equality Decision

Who would have thought a GOP politician could COMPLETELY make my day without saying something so ludicrous that I would be curled up in the fetal position holding my sides and laughing for ten minutes?  (I’m looking at you, Mike Huckabee)  Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett has announced that he will not be appealing a ruling in Whitewood v. Wolf striking down Pennsylvania’s gay marriage ban.  Had he appealed, I would have been forced to do actual work like finding out whether these marriage licenses they’ve been handing out will be good in three days when the couples can actually get married.  Also, all these couples can get married in three days instead of wondering if they should put those deposits down yet.

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This Week in Marriage Equality

Arkansas Gay Marriage Ban Found Unconstitutional in Court

On Friday, Judge Chris Piazza struck down Arkansas’s voter approved ban on same-sex marriage, telling everybody what they already knew, that “The exclusion of a minority for no rational reason is a dangerous precedent.”

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has announced his intent to appeal Piazza’s ruling, but has not yet filed an appeal in the case.  Fifteen same-sex couples had been issued marriage licenses when McDaniel made his announcement.  One of my favorite conservatives Mike Huckabee was so enraged by the ruling that he decided to ignore that whole checks and balances thing the rest of us learned about in elementary school and call for Piazza to be impeached.

Alaska Moves from 49th to 47th!

On Monday, Alaska became the 47th state… to get a lawsuit challenging its same-sex marriage ban!  Five couples have sued the state, seeking to bar enforcement of Alaska’s constitutional ban on gay marriage and any state laws prohibiting the recognition of marriage performed in other states or countries or that prevent unmarried same-sex couples from getting married.  This means that the only states that have unchallenged bans to marriage equality are Montana and the Dakotas.

Final Briefs Filed in Pennsylvania Case

The state of Pennsylvania filed the last of its briefs in one of the cases challenging its ban on same-sex marriage on May 12.  Pennsylvania’s Attorney General declined to defend the ban, saying she could not ethically defend its constitutionality, so the state hired an outside law firm that argued that “plaintiffs rely primarily on speculation and conjecture with regard to harm that may occur in the future.”  Maybe someone should ask one of the plaintiffs, which consist of ten couples, two teenage children of same-sex parents, and a widow, if any harm came to them because of this law already?  I mean, who wants the pension your husband worked for most of his life anyway?  You have fond memories!  Both sides of this case have agreed that there is no need for a trial, and the judge can rule at any time now, or he can decide he wants to go ahead with a trial that is scheduled for June 9.

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Judge to Florida Family Association: “I Don’t Like It” Doesn’t Make You an Honorary Defendant

District court Judge Robert Hinkle rejected a motion to intervene as a defendant from the Florida Family Association, saying “FFA’s generalized interest in opposing same-sex marriage does not entitle FFA to intervene.”  The judge also found that the FFA’s lawyers had failed to cite a federal statute entitling them to intervene.

Hinkle also consolidated two challenges to Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage into a single case.

Florida Family Association Will Not Be Allowed to Intervene in Gay Marriage Cases – Gay Star News

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Michigan Gets Sued for not Recognizing Marriages its Governor Says Are Legal. Go Figure.

Eight same sex couples who got married when it was legal in Michigan have now sued the state with the help of the ACLU, including a couple with ten adopted children and three foster children and the first same-sex couple to get married in Michigan

ACLU Sues Michigan, Wants 300 Gay Marriages Recognized – CBS

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Florida’s Gay Marriage Ban Won’t Even Let These Ladies End Their Marriage!

Some states are so against the idea of two people of the same sex being married that they don’t even want them to be all “We want to end this marriage” because that would involve admitting it’s there in the first place.  What are a couple of ladies who pretty much have their entire divorce figured out and just need the state to say “Ok. You aren’t married any more” to do?  Sue Florida like all those other couples did.

Tampa Couple’s Divorce Could Challenge Same-Sex Marriage Ban – Tampa Bay Times

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LGBT Voters May be Able to do Something About That Elephant in the Room

To be fair, Myra Adams said Republicans alienated a lot more minorities than just LGBT people and they weren’t the ONLY cause of this (one other cause was the internet and social media phenomenon!), but she feels there’s the possibility that George W. Bush may be the last Republican president.  The important part is acceptance is growing

The Advocate – Pundit: LGBT Voters May Doom GOP Presidential Candidates

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