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FLORIDA: Gay Groups Say Time Isn't Right To Put Marriage Back On The Ballot

Saying that it's unrealistic to believe Florida's constitutional ban on marriage could be overturned at this time, a coalition of LGBT rights groups says it will be better to wait for the next Supreme Court ruling. Steve Rothaus reports at the Miami Herald:
Gay marriage will "be imposed" on Florida by the U.S. Supreme Court before state voters, judges or lawmakers would repeal a 2008 constitutional ban, predicts ACLU of Florida Executive Director Howard Simon.  “I don’t want to build up any false expectations that it would be good to run back to the ballot right now, or that it would be good to think that we should file a lawsuit anytime until the hearts and minds change more and the environment changes a bit more,” said Simon, whose organization has joined with three major gay -rights groups to coordinate strategy for securing gay marriage in Florida.
Florida law requires a 60% majority to pass or overturn constitutional amendments.

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