By JAVIER MANJARRES
The historic Supreme Court decision to scrap the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), deeming it “unconstitutional,” prompting Florida Governor Rick Scott to ‘stand his ground’ on the issue, declaring that Florida is a “traditional marriage state.”
Scott told reporters in Tallahassee that he will “uphold the law of the land, and that’s the law of our state.”
“It impacted federal law, not state law. In 2008, Florida voters amended our constitution so that we’re a traditional marriage state. Marriage is between a man and a woman,” said Republican Gov. Rick Scott. “As governor of the state I’ll uphold the existing law of the land, and that’s the law of our state.” -AP
Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann may have defended traditional marriage the best for faith-based conservative, when she stated that the “marriage is created by the hand of God.”
Former Congressman Allen West also weighed in on the decision with the following Facebook post-
I don’t believe when the 14th Amendment was passed to support the 13th amendment, the writers ever conceived it would be used as a catch-all for various special interest groups. And I am very concerned that special interest groups can challenge the referendum of the people and seek out their interest before the courts – and in fact overrule the democratic process by legislating from the bench.
America is facing immense issues that threaten our republic — economic, energy, and national security issues –and I shall not get caught up in debates at the federal government level on legislating sexual behaviors. The states will make the final determination….but then again, we need to beware judicial activism.
Senator Marco Rubio, who is struggling to stay in favor with his conservative base for supporting amnesty for illegal immigrants, stated that he believed that the SCOTUS “made a serious mistake” with their ruling.
Expect Florida Democrats to use this issue against Governor Rick Scott in next year’s gubernatorial election, as Florida Democratic Leader, Allison Tant has already exploited the SCOTUS decision in an effort to try to raise donations for her party.
Here is a snippet of the fundraising email she sent out:
Now it’s up to us. We know the Tea Party will try every trick in the book to stop GLBT couples from achieving marriage equality. Right here in Florida, we know that Rick Scott is probably getting ready to do what he can to limit the rights of GLBT couples. On Sunday, we are facing our first FEC deadline since this historic decision. We have to have a great report or the GOP will see it as a sign of weakness.-Allison Tant, Florida Democrats
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