Amendment 2 Opposition

By: Christina Kremer Email
By: Christina Kremer Email

Early voting starts on Monday and one amendment about marriage is causing lots of division in Florida.

WCTV talked with Tallahassee residents about their opinions.

Rabbi Jack Romberg of Temple Israel is against the proposed Florida Marriage Protection Amendment.

He says that Amendment 2 could prevent same sex couples, senior citizens living together for convenience, and couples who are not married from certain rights such as hospital visitation or health insurance.

"I think that at its core it is an attempt by people of a certain religious perspective to use religion to actually demonize those that are different from themselves and do we want to vote a demonetization of a particular group of people into our constitution?" says Rabbi Jack Romberg of Temple Israel.

Amendment 2 says that no other type of union other than marriage between one man and one woman will be recognized as valid by the government.

Some local residents have serious concerns with this proposal.

"I plan on voting no on 2 I think it's a different set of laws for some American citizens and I think we've decided that's not right." says Adam LaMee, a Lincoln High School Physics Teacher.

On the other hand others believe the amendment would be a great protection for traditional marriages.

"It just keeps our society saying what marriage is, it makes that foundation for our society ...one man and one woman." says Curtis Clark, Thomasville Rd. Baptist Church Senior Pastor.

Amendments need 60 percent voter approval to become part of Florida's constitution.

For more information on amendment 2 and other proposals on the ballot, visit www.florida4marriage.org, www.votenoflorida.org, or www.votesmartflorida.org.


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  • by Johnny Mitchell Location: Cairo, Ga on Oct 22, 2008 at 01:21 PM
    I do very much agree that marriage should be only between Man and woman, not man and man or woman and woman. I am a man myself, I can love other men, we all should, not not the extent of lusting so much as to marry them, and lust is what that is, between man and man or woman and woman, to marry between man and man or woman and woman is just plain selfish and stupid, I do have to wonder, what is the divorce rate of man and man or woman and woman, I bet twice as high as the man and woman style
  • by shayb42 Location: Largo on Oct 21, 2008 at 03:29 PM
    I have one question for those here spouting their religious beliefs...Have you heard THIS before: He who casts the first stone?? Who are YOU to judge?? That's one and ONLY ONE's job...and he's far above all of us. How dare you use this amendment to criticize what you simply can't or won't try to understand. You're hurting MANY more than the GLBT community...MANY more. VOTE NO!!!!! READ the facts people!!!
  • by Tally on Oct 21, 2008 at 01:13 PM
    How many people actually realize that this Amendment has more to do with than just gay marriages??!! This Amendment will affect those who are straight as well. I think some people need to go back to school and learn "reading comprehension."
  • by Smile Location: Florida on Oct 21, 2008 at 12:13 PM
    Raw, my point to all of this is free will which was placed on us by God. Again, that gives you and I the right to choose our own paths. I do not hold two different sets of standards. As for me and my house, I hold us to Gods standards and neither condemn nor criticism others for the choices they make. My God did not tell me to hate anyone, NKJV MARK 12:31 `You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these." in fact eight times in the Bible we are told to love our neighbor. We should show love to our neighbor in a practical way. Love without actions is dead, just like faith without works is meaningless. That said, God never said a Christian should lie down and let people walk on them. Hence, if I do not agree with you, I do not have to pretend otherwise. That my brother, is what I strive for and that is my choice.
  • by Tim on Oct 21, 2008 at 11:36 AM
    LetMyPeopleGo, it amazes me how much non-christians know about the bible. This amendment is not just about christians but average people who do not believe or accept gay marriage. Already children are taught in schools about same sex couples, mixed races, sexual freedom and so on. Religion has been banned from schools and government, then why do we have to let schools and government force sexual preference down our childrens throat. Transvestites wanted a law to force buisness owners to hire them or face law suits. It's all the garbage that is attached to these amendments that cause so many to be against this. If so many gays, lesbians and transvestites are out there then why not form your own insurance companies, ect and cover your own agenda. No matter what law says it's legal, I will never accept it or believe in it. A law can not change nature, just make a minority happy. There is much more to this bill than what is shown.
  • by L Location: Tally on Oct 21, 2008 at 11:23 AM
    I feel sorry for all of you people who are so scared of Gay people, you need to get a life and worry about things that matter. most gay people, myself included, lead a very normal productive life ! do you ever hear of gay guys or girls killing anyone, or robbing a bank...i think not ! BOO...oh my we are so scarey !!! get a life people...
  • by raw Location: tally on Oct 21, 2008 at 11:14 AM
    One other interesting point...I guess that non of you religious zealouts eat pork...and if you do, you are no better than homosexuals as you are sinners also...see Leviticus 11:7-8
  • by raw Location: tally on Oct 21, 2008 at 11:09 AM
    Smile...But the same people you refer too are the same people who use religion to kill, rape, and torture other people...so whats your actual point. Your god put homosexuality on this planet and it shows in all of his creatures, but you refuse to see it. It easy to blame evil forces, but without evil there can be no good! Its not your fault you hold two different sets of standards, one religion and the other real world. Your god is the root of all that is considered evil! I refuse to worship all false deities...which includes all religions!
  • by Prissy Location: Sopchoppy on Oct 21, 2008 at 10:44 AM
    Adam and Eve NOT Adam and Steve !!!!!!
  • by Smile Location: Florida on Oct 21, 2008 at 09:35 AM
    Raw, I think the key words are self realization. This was used by you, not I. Unlike animals, humans do have self realization; a direct result of this would be what? Oh, that’s right! We as humans know what we are doing. I think people get hostile over every remark they perceive as criticism because in their hearts they know they are wrong. In a lame attempt to sooth a guilty conscience they try to convince everyone they are not responsible for their own actions. Therefore justifying (in their own mind) the path they CHOOSE to lead. Oh dear there is that awful word Choose again. Hey just a thought,I choose to be anti-abortion does that mean since I exercise my right to choose I am pro choice.
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