November 16, 2004
HRC President Thanks Florida Gov. Jeb Bush for Opposing State Constitutional Amendment Banning Marri
Bush Calls Amendment 'Not Necessary' in Florida Times-Union
WASHINGTON - In an article published in today's Florida Times-Union, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush indicated he would not support an amendment to the state constitution to ban marriage rights for same-sex couples and their families. Human Rights Campaign President Cheryl Jacques sent the following letter to the governor in response:
Dear Governor Bush:
On behalf of the 600,000 members of the Human Rights Campaign, I would like to thank you for your recent statements indicating your opposition to a possible amendment to the Florida Constitution regarding same-sex marriage.
As you correctly noted, constitutional amendments such as the one being suggested by Southern Baptists in your state are unnecessary given the fact that Florida already has laws banning gay marriage. Such an amendment needlessly wastes legislators' time and taxpayers' money in an attempt to write discrimination into your state's constitution.
Additionally, exit polls from the Nov. 2 election show us that 60 percent of all voters said they support some sort of legal recognition for same-sex couples and their families. We look forward to engaging in a discussion with you regarding legal protections for same-sex couples and their families consistent with public opinion.
We are pleased that you believe that such amendments are unnecessary. We hope that in the months and years ahead you will continue to uphold the sanctity of your state's constitution as it is never necessary to enshrine discrimination into any state or federal constitution.
Cheryl A. Jacques
President, Human Rights Campaign
The article is available here.
The Human Rights Campaign is the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender political organization with members throughout the country. It effectively lobbies Congress, provides campaign support and educates the public to ensure that LGBT Americans can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.