USA, Florida: Gay Activists Split on Tactics for Marriage Equality in the Sunshine State

Written by scott on August 16th, 2013

Florida From SpaceThere’s dissent among LGBT groups in Florida over how to win marriage equality there. One group is proceeding with a ballot initiative. Edge Boston reports:

Marriage Equality Florida… recently launched with the aim of putting marriage to a vote, either in 2014 or 2016. Already the group has gathered more than 48,000 signatures. They need 68,000 to get the attorney general to review the language and approve an amendment for consideration. Then they need 680,000 to get that amendment on the ballot.

It requires 60% to overturn a constitutional amendment in the state. Another group wants to go through the courts:

In a “Joint Statement on the Fight of Marriage in Florida,” eleven prominent LGBT groups in South Florida disjointed themselves from a movement calling for marriage equality to land in voters’ hands this coming election season… “We believe that the fastest path forward involves shifting public opinion and charting a strategy to achieve victory through the courts,” it reads. “Nearly 500 couples have signed up as plaintiffs for a potential lawsuit. A ballot measure should be a last resort, not a path taken hastily.”

Maybe it’s not such a bad thing to have a two- or three-pronged strategy to won marriage in these recalcitrant states?

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