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Florida Proposition 2 and Same-Sex Marriage


What is Florida Proposition 2?:

Florida Proposition 2 is an amendment to the Florida Constitution that defines marriage as between one man and one woman, effectively banning same-sex marriage in the state. The proposition text reads, "In as much as a marriage is the legal union of only one man and one woman as husband and wife, no other legal union that is treated as marriage or the substantial equivalent thereof shall be valid or recognized." Florida voters passed Proposition 2, dubbed "The Marriage Protection Amendment," on the November 8, 2008 state ballot.

Didn't Florida Already Have A Statute Preventing Gay Marriage?:

Yes, the Florida statute already defined marriage as between one man and one woman. However, Proposition 2 prevents the state legislature or judiciary from altering the definition of marriage within the state.

Does This Mean Homosexuality Will Be Taught In School?:

No, there is no language in the proposition concerning education. Supporters of Proposition 102 (those against gay marriage) used this argument to convince voters that allowing gays to marry in the state would affect their child's education.

How Does Prop. 2 Affect Heterosexuals?:

Proposition 2 also strips heterosexual domestic partners, including elderly couples, of health care and pension benefits.

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