Florida Attorney General: Gay Marriage Would "Impose Significant Public Harm"

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Earlier this year eight gay couples and the American Civil Liberties Union sued the state of Florida for failing to recognize their marriages that were performed in other states. Today, Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi's office filed a response asking a judge to throw out the lawsuit.

Bondi's main reasoning: Gay marriage would "impose significant public harm."

According to the Associated Press, Bondi points to the 2008 constitutional amendment that banned the state from recognizing any form of same-sex relationships that was passed by voters, and also claims recognizing gay marriage would cause problems for the state's pension and health insurance program.

The lawsuit however specifically targets that amendment and claims that it's discriminatory and "violates the Due Process Clause and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution."

Ever since the federal Supreme Court struck down key parts of the Defense of Marriage Act and the federal government began recognizing same sex-marriages, states' individual gay marriage bans have been called into question.

Courts in Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia, Texas, Virginia, Idaho, and Arkansas have ruled gay marriage bans unconstitutional, but those decision have been stayed pending further appeals.

Courts in New Jersey, Illinois, New Mexico, Oregon, and Pennsylvania have also struck down bans since October. Gay marriages are now being performed in those states.

A second lawsuit has also been filed demanding that Florida overturn the gay marriage ban completely.

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MarcosMacedo
MarcosMacedo

Oh, GOD! No wonder why David Beckham comes here, throw his charm and gets from the city the idea of destroying a park to build a stadium and name it with his own name. 

"Courts in New Jersey, Illinois, New Mexico, Oregon, and Pennsylvania have also struck down bans since October. Gay marriages are now being performed in those states." 

WHY NOT HERE YET? 

SansaStark
SansaStark

The Attorney General prefers marriage via "Game of Thrones"? 

So Pam is ok with the Imp?

Tristan
Tristan

Drakemallard: Don't want to start a debate about this, but you are wrong. Most cromagnon tribes (100k - 150k years ago) - as far as evidence at least in europe indicates - were equal to matriachic communities. Patriarchic communities were seldom. The "women being treated as property" remark is a direct result out of religious misogyny.


And the point here is: Neither the government nor the various religions in the world (and I mean every single one of them) have invented the concept of marriage, therefor...


... there is no sanctity of marriage. There is no 'traditional' marriage. No one solely owns the 'right' to define what a marriage is and how it should be carried out. Fact is: We - the society - must decide what marriage is for us.


And this is what People like Pam Bondi doesn't want you to know or realize: We are in power - we decide!

Ray Grandon
Ray Grandon

Pedophilia[gay] is caused by mercury exposure says U of Florida!

DRAKEMALLARD.0
DRAKEMALLARD.0 topcommenter


“Straight people do a dammn well good job themselves of ruining the sanctity of marriage! 'gays can't get marry because it ruin the sanctity of marriage but Pam Bondi can?

this blond slapnut been married three times already



Bondi was married to Garret Barnes from 1990 to 1992, 

Scott Fitzgerald from 1997 to 2002. 

She is currently engaged to ophthalmologist Greg Henderson

mimana2
mimana2

It is just disturbing to know someone with such primitive and selfish mentality holds a position of power as Pam Bondi does. Power must be assigned only to people with great ability to understand humanity, diversity and true leadership. Bondi lacks all of these attributes. I would not care but her shaky mentality produces desicion that affect lives with terrible consequences.

Anthony Fuda
Anthony Fuda

Such a shame how gay friendly this world is!! #disgusting

Andy Fisher
Andy Fisher

The Florida Attorney General must be living in and attempting to keep the entire state if Florida in the dark ages. Gay Marriage does not in any way impose significant public harm - that is just his stupidity & fright talking.

tmford33139
tmford33139

Rick Scott and his crew of morons need to go.  She knows there is zero chance she can win this case as it has already been litigated all over the country.  Every state will have gay marriage its a done deal.  This is political posturing for the redneck counties in central and Northern FL.

Francis Jim
Francis Jim

- GAY MARRIAGE in last days: http:groups.yahoo.com/group/santosypecadores/message/7

Silva Zeca
Silva Zeca

This cunt must go, but funny to see some niggas here talking about gays when they forgot not while ago they were the ones persecuted in the cotton fields... Like jews commiting attrocities with Palestines! These were the individuals that should have been sent to the oven or hanged!!!!!

blk1doggy
blk1doggy

Another fckin idiot in politics


Manny Bitter Clinger
Manny Bitter Clinger

It's true, they(sodomites) are after the children. It's the only way, they can't reproduce so they recruit

Deathray Jones
Deathray Jones

The lawsuit won't be thrown out, and the gay marriage ban in the stars will be declared unconstitutional. This pattern had been trending nationwide since DOMA was struck down by SCOTUS.

Mahal Taj
Mahal Taj

Whose raising these kids? There parents not the participants in a hour or two parade. Get real people.

Tony B Love
Tony B Love

I applaud her she should run for president ....that would put all you homos to sleep..lol

Anthony Lambert
Anthony Lambert

I stand with her statements,nobody wants gay marriage,gays raising kids,Im for traditional marriage between a man and woman,bottomline,it stinks that this country allows this crap

Andres Arias
Andres Arias

I am all for love God knows we need more in this world but don't forget most of Florida is not Dade or Broward county there is a lot of work to do

David Detweiler
David Detweiler

Man...I thought liberals where bad with pointing their pudgy fingers and judging others and restricting freedoms...Time for true Libertarians to take over shit.

Allen Bright
Allen Bright

When she going to be publicly stoned for being a adulterous whore! The bible state that should be her fate!

Miriel Robles
Miriel Robles

The Florida Attorney General needs to drop dead.

Matt Leachman
Matt Leachman

You may call her office at: 850-414-3300 and express your disgust at her remarks. I did.

Vince Witty
Vince Witty

I guess his seat is pretty comfortable not to worried about getting kicked out for erroneous statements

Sayad Khan
Sayad Khan

Oh really? I'm not gay, but I'd like to see proof of this so called "harming".

norman.dostal
norman.dostal

this blond slut has been married THREE TIMES!!! is she for real??

DRAKEMALLARD.0
DRAKEMALLARD.0 topcommenter



The whole line that marriage existed before governments is utter bullshitt. You know what marriage was then, it was a contract between a man and the woman's father.It used to be about owning a woman and joining families together for power and property.Why do you care if somebody wants to marry who they love?" Same sex marriage should be legal. The fact that it's illegal is embarrassing.

portablefernie
portablefernie

@MarcosMacedo 11th circuit court of appeals is a nightmare. I'm pretty sure Florida will get marriage equality via the supreme court when they take the case again next year. So im thinking 2016. 

portablefernie
portablefernie

@mimana2 She was elected. People need to learn that just because you want a republican governor, you dont have to vote for a republican AG.  The ppl Effed UP

dantevida
dantevida topcommenter

vast majority of pedophiles are heterosexuals, so using your reasoning, we should ban heterosexual marriages

dantevida
dantevida topcommenter

people once thought that about interracial marriages, and black people associating with whites, in fact some still do, but laws now protect those situations.

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