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Amendment Two Debate Continues

By: Blaine Tolison Email
By: Blaine Tolison Email

Amendment two was one of the most heated subjects throughout Florida's 2008 election--but even 48 hours after the amendment has passed, the debate continues. "I think we're going to look back on it one day and say I can't believe that ever passed." said Abby Smith, a student at FSU.

Another FSU student, Abby Rubottom, says she comes from a family where marriage is considered sacred. "It's really important in my family and some day I want to be married and I think that it's really important that they keep it as a man and a woman and that they don't let the judges be able to decide what's important in that area." said Rubottom.

The Florida Marriage Protection Amendment passed by 62.1 percent--it only needed 60 percent to pass. And for those who campaigned to get the word 'YES' out on two--they're happy about the majority vote, but plans are already in place to continue their efforts.

Nathan Dunn, a local grassroots campaign coordinator for Yes on 2 said, "We know that the homosexual activists nationwide have an agenda to try to redefine marriage and to continue that agenda nationwide, so we're going to be vigilant."

Those opposed to Dunn's statement reaffirmed and re-enforced their position on gay marriage. Local resident, Robert Payne, says the national presidential election proves there will be change in the future, but was disappointed with Amendment 2. "I got to be honest, when I saw that that amendment had passed I was distraught because it's going to take a very long time to overturn something like that." said Payne.

In California, there has been a similar divide between equality and protecting marriage. And there, some Christian groups say the measure could now invalidate some 18-thousand same sex unions already established.


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