Rick Scott on DOMA Repeal: Nothing Changing in Florida

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Rick Scott didn't have much to say today when asked about the Supreme Court's decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act aside from correctly noting that nothing is really going to change all that much in Florida.

See also: Defense of Marriage Act Is Unconstitutional, Supreme Court Rules

"It impacted federal law, not state law," Scott said according to Naked Politics. "In 2008, Florida voters amended our constitution and said that we are a traditional marriage state, that marriage is between a man and a woman. As the governor of this state, I'll uphold the law of the land, and that's the law of our state."

Scott added, "Look, I've been married since I was 19. I believe in traditional marriage."

Which doesn't really make sense, considering being married for decades to someone of the opposite sex shouldn't and doesn't at all mean you should be opposed to same-sex marriage, but OK. Scott really can't be counted on to say things that make sense.

But he is right. Not that much is going to change in Florida. Gay couples who travel out of state to marry, or move to Florida after marrying in a state that recognized gay marriage will not lose all federal benefits, but will lose many important ones as we pointed out earlier.

Of course, there is a movement to put gay marriage back on the ballot in 2014 lead by local activist Vanessa Britto. Her group, Equal Marriage Florida, has until February 1st to gather up 681,00 signatures, but is aiming for a million to guard against the possibility some of those signatures could be thrown out. Britto has also set a deadline to collect at least a tenth of those signatures by August 1st.

The bill would not only nullify 2008's Amendment 2, which outlawed both gay marriage and civil unions in Florida, but legalize gay marriage in Florida. In order to pass, 60 percent of Florida voters must approve the measure.

It's an uphill battle, but not impossible. A poll from May shows that 75 percent of Floridians support some legal recognition for gay couples, but about half of those only support civil unions.

Though, as Think Progress points out, the age of civil unions is just about dead thanks to the repeal of DOMA. There now is a big difference between civil unions and marriage in more than just name.

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LA_Momma
LA_Momma

You are amazed that individuals spew disinformation? I am amazed that you can claim that Floridians voted for Marriage Equality in 2008 when actually,in 2008 Florida passed Amendment 2 which defined marriage as “the union between one man and one woman.”

There is nothing equal about denying same-sex couples the rights that heterosexual couples enjoy.

dr.judymeissner
dr.judymeissner

THERE ALREADY IS MARRIAGE EQUALITY IN FLORIDA!

 I am amazed how some individuals just love to spew hate and disinformation. I am equally amazed how these same individuals can so shameless disrespect and hate the will of the people of Florida democratically expressed at the ballot box in a fair, reasoned, open and democratic vote. Floridians already overwhelmingly and democratically voted for Marriage Equality when they approved the Florida Marriage Equality Amendment in 2008. 

In Florida, everyone has an EQUAL right to get married under the same, objective, EQUAL terms and conditions as EVERYONE else. Because this same, objective, EQUAL criterion applies EQUALLY to everyone in Florida, it is completely false to assert that there is any discrimination whatsoever. 

When will they stop agitating, and find time to understand that they simply do not have the right to invent their own subjective, private definition of Marriage, nor their own subjective, private definition of Equality, nor their own subjective, private definition of Male or Female? When will some people stop the hate and find time to respect the will of Florida’s people? When will they get over it???

darlinespencer5255
darlinespencer5255

Rick Scott is so in the closet. If they only knew what he does in South America he would be in jail

bobbyderka
bobbyderka

Let the boys and girls marry each other who cares.  I am a Libertarian and we have no right to stop a couple from the right to contract  because of Sexual preference.  Besides let them enjoy the experience of marriage. 


Rick Scott is a ????? Fill in the blanks

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

actually it DOES once again show how out of touch FLORIDA as a whole is from main-stream America and once again FLORIDA is on the loser side of the outcome; which DOES SHOW how irrelevant and closed-minded our leadership is here when it comes to the national scope on important issues

the MORMONs had it right when they took their practice of polygamy to a single state and by sheer overwhelming political numbers were able to live their then strange and then anti-social lives by their own rules rather than being dispersed among various states with unaccepting and closed-minded neighbors holding them down and denying them their rights and priviledges others legally enjoy

MITT ROMNEYs family would have never made it early on here in FLORIDA and if the MORMONs were just starting out today would not make it here in FLORIDA as it currently stands today

and somehow our governor sees that as enlightenment

Ernest Montenegro
Ernest Montenegro

What else can you expect from a sub human slime bag who is Anti people. and a corrupt ex ceo.?

Ray Kirkman
Ray Kirkman

This among other things is the reason we need to vote out this slimy waste of space. The sooner he and the Republican controlled legislature are voted out of office, the better off Florida will be.

I.m. Masquerader
I.m. Masquerader

Well, if you want gay marriage, wouldn't you focus on the legislature and legislation and/or referendum that outlaws it? Or did you clowns miss civics class that day? The governor just enforces the law the legislature passes. You're a bunch of fucking ignorant morons!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Florida = Home to America's Taliban

Steve Klare
Steve Klare

Lets election a leftist socialist Marxist right???

Brandon Young
Brandon Young

Don't look at me, I didn't vote for that piece of shit. How could anyone vote for anyone with an R next to their name? Scumbags

Nicole Bartlett
Nicole Bartlett

This guy needs to be reminded that he works FOR us, we don't work for him.

José Manuel
José Manuel

This guy is the BIGGEST PIECE OF SHIT governor we've had since Martinez.

Kay Ortega
Kay Ortega

I HATE THAT THIS TROLL IS GOVERNOR!! It's time to vote this asshole OUT!

Carl Snyder
Carl Snyder

....at least it's mine! beats a white owl skin tiparillo....LOL

Zack Johnson
Zack Johnson

^^ Says the guy sucking on a giant cigar...

bobbyderka
bobbyderka

@Ray Kirkman  

who would replace the slime there? the other slime democrats?

bobbyderka
bobbyderka

@Ray Kirkman  

Not so fast there.  The democrats and Republican are the same slime bags just that their base supports Gay marriage.  Beyond that issue Democrats are Scumbags too.   It is all about themselves and what they can't get out of public office. 

eternity-complex
eternity-complex

@I.m. Masquerader The governer can refuse to enforce laws that he finds unconstitutional.  Or he can refuse to defend such laws.  So opposing Rick Scott for his support of the legislature's measures is valid, though less effective than focusing on the legislative side.

bobbyderka
bobbyderka

@Steve Klare  

the word is elect and there are no Marxist in this country only "Fascists"

bobbyderka
bobbyderka

@Ruben Sanchez-Realtor  

Do you know that Florida has a Weak Governor, he does not pass laws the assholes in the Representatives do.   The schmuck only signs them.

bobbyderka
bobbyderka

@Jennifer Nanni  

Who is not a crook in politics do you know anyone????? I don't 

bobbyderka
bobbyderka

@Karina Trovato  

What kind of turd are you talking about?

bobbyderka
bobbyderka

@Kristofer Jesus Castellar  

Hotdogs you say! Are they the big ones?

bobbyderka
bobbyderka

@Aaron J. Wolf  

Charlie Crist is gay and he is a liar.  He could of said he takes it where the sun don't shine but he refused. I know he is bi-sexual and that is a fact. One day is a Republican and the Next day he becomes a Democrat.  Which is it, is he a Top or a Bottom?

bobbyderka
bobbyderka

@Brandon Young  

Yo they are all scumbags.

bobbyderka
bobbyderka

@Seán Schauseil  

I sorry can you be more specific.  A cunt is that some secret word that reflects mentality. 

bobbyderka
bobbyderka

@José Manuel  

What size is the biggest piece of Fecal Matter.  When you discharge  do you measure yours.  Yor gotta have something to base on to come to a conclusion about "THE BIGGEST PIECE OF SHIT."  It is larger than an Elephant Turd?

bobbyderka
bobbyderka

@Erin Barber  

I surprise at you this is you mother. And I am going to wash out you fucking mouth.

bobbyderka
bobbyderka

@Kay Ortega  

You know Kay Hate is a really heavy word.  Why do you hate this man? Did he harm you personally?   Or are you just another fucking imbecile. I sorry for using the expletive, I don't usually say thing like that, unless  I feel that the person only understands those  words. Plus the level of that person's communication skills are at a morons level.

bobbyderka
bobbyderka

@PinkDucky  

Based on what??? How many Govs do you know or even researched, He is an angel compared to the good ole democrats that hated 'Negros."  I don't think he is ever close to those scumbags.

bobbyderka
bobbyderka

@eternity-complex  

Hey schmuck he is not the court.  Although the Roberts court and obamcare is patently unconstitutional.  So is sending WEAPONS TO SYRIA AND ALL THE BULLSHIT WARS FUCK THIS GAY SHIT.  STOP THE KILLING. This nothing but a diversion. I am against all marriage period.

eternity-complex
eternity-complex

@bobbyderka @eternity-complex  1.  I never said Rick Scott was "the court".  Please read my response more carefully.  2.  As a member of the EXECUTIVE branch his primary duty is to uphold the constitutions of the United States first and Florida second.  If he believes a law is unconstitutional, he can choose not to enforce or defend that law.  3.  You are free to have your opinions and I am free to have mine; its a free country.  But there is no reason for you to insult me, especially since I have not been disrespectful to you in any way.  Have a nice day. :)

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