A same-sex marriage ballot proposal, launched by a group promoting smaller government, looms as a big wild card in the Florida governor’s race, potentially changing voting patterns and giving Republican Rick Scott a tougher path to re-election.
Equal Marriage Florida last week began work on gathering the more than 680,000 petition signatures needed for a proposed constitutional amendment erasing the gay marriage ban approved by voters only five years ago.
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How voter turnout drops off between presidential and governor’s race years:
2012 presidential: 72 percent.
2010 governor: 49 percent.
2008 presidential: 75 percent.
2006 governor: 47 percent.
Source: Florida Division of Elections
Equal Marriage Florida’s proposed amendment would change Article I Section 27 of the state constitution to read:
(a). “Only a legal union of TWO PERSONS shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this state.”
(b). “A religious organization, association or society shall not be required to recognize, solemnize or officiate any particular marriage or religious rite of marriage in violation of its constitutional right to free exercise of religion.”
Source: Equal Marriage Florida