BREAKING: Gay Marriage Bill Defeated in FL Senate Your e-mail and phone calls made a difference!
February 19, 2013
Today at approximately 3:25pm in the Florida Senate Children and Families committee, a deceptive and highly controversial bill died. The bill, SB 196, was labeled as a domestic partnership but actually attempted to create a full blown civil union and a form of homosexual marriage in direct violation of the Florida Marriage Protection Amendment passed by Floridians in 2008 by 62%.
The bill died as a result of the sponsor Committee Chairman Senator Eleanor Sobel (D) temporarily postponing a vote on the bill because she knew she did not have the votes to pass it after about two and a half hours of debate. This also prevented the Senators on the committee from voting on the record which is an increasing challenge in trying to hold legislators accountable.
This bill would have further undermined the institution of marriage by creating an alternate union which would have competed with, diluted, and therefore devalued natural marriage as the ideal arrangement for society.
Your calls and emails have made a difference and it is this type of faithful citizenship that can keep Florida strong into the future. Thank you again.
Tim Wildmon, President
American Family Association