Our friend Ned Flaherty has written a 7-part investigative series on what’s going on with marriage equality in Florida, and has graciously allowed us to repost it here. Below is part 7. You can find all 7 parts of the series at the New Civil Rights Movement.
Part 7 of 7: Prognosis
Republican political operatives are about to give anti-LGBT hate groups just what they crave: a lopsided defeat for gay rights in the deepest South. NCRM’s 7-part investigative series reveals how progress toward marriage equality in other states is threatened by current events in Florida.
To meet the goals published on its Web site, EMFL faces a 1 February 2014 deadline. By then, it must deliver to the Florida Elections Division at least 683,149 signatures, collected from at least 14 of the state’s 27 congressional districts, already verified by county elections supervisors, for which EMFL must pay $68,315.
EMFL Chairman/Treasurer Vanessa Brito wouldn’t say how many of the six million dollars she has in hand, or when the rest will get collected, or how the funds are being spent. Her campaign finance reports show all zeroes.
EMFL Media Coordinator Heather Gray wouldn’t disclose how many of the one million signatures she has in hand, how many are already verified by state officials, or when the rest will get collected, or when they’ll get verified.
EMFL’s proposed amendment does not guarantee any same-gender couple the right to marry.
Every few days, Equal Marriage Florida asks donors to mail in more money.
Ned Flaherty is an LGBT activist currently focused on civil marriage equality, and previously on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal. He writes from Boston, Massachusetts, where America’s first same-gender civil marriages began in 2004. He suffered a childhood exposure to Roman Catholic pomp and circumstance, but the spell never took, and he recovered.
Here’s the list of the 7-part series:
Part 1 – LGBT Groups Oppose Equal Marriage Campaign
Part 2 – Leaders Retreat
Part 3 – Counts for Workers, Signatures, and Dollars
Part 4 – Party Plans
Part 5 – Haters Wait With Bated Breath
Part 6 – Promising the Impossible
Part 7 – Prognosis