Florida AG: Gay Marriage Would Cause Harm

by Gary Fineout
Friday May 30, 2014
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Florida’s Attorney General Pam Bondi
Florida’s Attorney General Pam Bondi   (Source:AP Photo)

The attorney general of Florida says in court documents that recognizing same sex marriages performed in other states would "impose significant public harm."

Eight gay couples and the American Civil Liberties Union have sued the state in federal court. The lawsuit argues Florida is discriminating against the couples by not recognizing same-sex marriages performed in states where they are legal.

Attorney General Pam Bondi has filed a response that asks a federal judge to throw out the lawsuit.

Bondi’s office says the state has a legitimate interest in defining a marriage as between a man and woman because Florida’s voters adopted an amendment in 2008 that banned same-sex marriages.

The filing also says same-sex marriage recognition would create significant problems for the state’s pension and health insurance programs.

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  • Wayne M., 2014-05-30 22:11:16

    Attorney General Bondi makes a claim that is the exact opposite of what has happened in places where same-sex marriage is legally recognized. In fact, granting equal recognition to same-sex married couples has not caused social harm, nor has it created any real problems for pension and health insurance programs. Same-sex couples demand no special rights - only the same rights granted to other couples. It is a human rights issue and in a democratic society, the rights of minorities are protected regardless of how a majority may have voted in a referendum.


  • john eason, 2014-05-31 17:01:36

    just another way to discriminate against gays .its shameful to live in the usa.a country that has become bigots.instead of land of the free it should be the land of hate


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