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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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