They need about half a million more signatures by the end of the month to put the question to voters in November. Now some big name Republicans and religious leaders are jumping in to help, but opponents hope the campaign fizzles.
Mike Goeke freely admits he married his wife because she had nice hair and he thought she’d produce good looking kids. He left her to pursue a gay lifestyle, but they reunited after he says he says he saw the error of his ways. Now he’s campaigning for a constitutional amendment he says will help protect other peoples’ marriages by banning same-sex unions.
Mike Goeke says, "I truly believe that gay marriage would open the door to the complete dissolution, ultimately, of marriage. I believe that and I believe the traditional family unit is very important to the protection of civilization.
Goeke is part of a group that includes the state Republican Party, candidate for Gov. Tom Gallagher, and Florida religious leaders. Their floundering petition drive is making a last ditch effort to get the amendment on the November ballot.
But supporters of the marriage amendment only have about 200,000 signatures on their petitions. They need more than 600 verified by February 1 to make the cut.
Opponents say the marriage amendment is more about discriminating against gay people than building up marriage. Community activist Jim Van Riper is glad signatures have been slow to come in.
Jim says, "I’m pleased to see that, because it tells me there are a lot of fair, honest, reasonable people in this state."
Nineteen other states have passed constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage, but supporters here face an uphill battle.
Several groups are suing to block the marriage amendment from even getting on the ballot.