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Gay Marriage Would ‘Impose Significant Public Harm’ Says Attorney General Married Three Times

by David Badash on May 30, 2014

in Marriage,News,Politics

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The Attorney General of Florida has filed papers in federal court claiming that recognizing out-of-state legal civil same-sex marriages would “impose significant public harm” and play havoc with existing marriage laws in the Sunshine State.

Tea Party Republican Pam Bondi made the statements in court documents in a case filed by the ACLU on behalf of eight couples in March.

Bondi, who has been married three times, is an up-and-coming player in Florida politics and has a small national profile thanks to appearances on Fox News.

The AP reports that Bondi, “who was named in the lawsuit along with fellow GOP Gov. Rick Scott and other state officials, earlier this month filed a lengthy response that asks a federal judge to throw out the lawsuit for several reasons, saying a federal court shouldn’t rule on a state’s marriage laws.”

Bondi’s office also argues that the state has a legitimate interest in defining marriage as between a man and woman. Florida first banned same-sex marriages nearly two decades ago and voters reinforced that ban when they passed a constitutional amendment in 2008.

“Florida’s marriage laws, then, have a close, direct, and rational relationship to society’s legitimate interest in increasing the likelihood that children will be born to and raised by the mothers and fathers who produced them in stable and enduring family units,” Bondi’s office said in court documents.

The state’s legal position also notes that there would be significant financial and logistical problems for the state’s pension and health insurance programs if same-sex marriages were recognized.

But Bondi doesn’t address the fact that those same same-sex couples who are legally married ion other states are subsidizing the marriages of their heterosexual peers and contributing to support them and the state’s pension and health insurance programs already, amounting to unfair taxation.

UPDATE: Florida Attorney General Suggests Gays Don’t Have ‘Stable And Enduring Family Units’

“Court after court across the country has found that there is no legal basis to deny all Americans the dignity of marriage to the person he or she loves, yet Florida’s attorney general continues to hold on to unfounded arguments to legitimize a law that serves no purpose but to discriminate,” Equality Florida said in a statement. “Judges appointed by Republicans and Democrats alike have 19 times in a row come to the inescapable conclusion that such bans are wrong and constitutionally indefensible.”

To quote U.S. District Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen, who ruled against Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage, “We have arrived upon another moment in history when ‘We the People’ becomes more inclusive, and our freedom more perfect.”


Image: Bondi in 2012 in New Hampshire at a Women for Mitt Romney campaign. Photo via Facebook.

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damienscot May 30, 2014 at 3:23 pm

So her own multiple marriages are an example of enduring marital stability because … Oh, yes — the traditional understanding of marriage is between one man and a series of women or between one woman and a series of men, and of half-siblings being raised one week in one house and the following weekend in another and spending summers with eight separate sets of grandparents, step-grandparents, former grandparents …
The only drain on the public is to its brain as it tries to make sense of this babble!

rainechief May 30, 2014 at 4:55 pm

Oh, I've quit trying to make sense of any of it – my poor brain can't handle any more drain! Now I just sit back and marvel at how much time and energy the silly teapubs are wasting coming up with the ever more outlandish "reasons" to avoid equality. I just wish they'd declare a winner (loser) in the Outlandish Theory contest already and spare us any more of the drivel.

dbcexplorer May 30, 2014 at 5:39 pm

And let's not forget all the children born out of wedlock, who, in many cases, end up needing public assistance to make ends meet.

ImcalledDale May 30, 2014 at 3:59 pm

Florida is the senior retirement state where seniors go to enjoy quiet retirement without kids. What's with this worn out excuse about procreation being at risk.

SeanLiberty13 May 30, 2014 at 4:02 pm

No it will not. See every country and state that has legalized it. Argument deBUNKED!

Marriage is not about children. There are millions of heterosexual couples in American who cannot or choose not to have and/or raise children but they are still married in the eyes of the law. Therefore marriage is is not about "increasing the likelihood that children will be born to and raised by the mothers and fathers who produced them in stable and enduring family units". Besides LGBT couples can adopt and use surrogacy and those couples do in fact raise their children in stable and enduring family units, proven fact and the reich-wing will not be taking millions of children away from their gay parents without winding up at gun point with the promise of "stand your ground" staring those anti-gay savages in the face.

"The state’s legal position also notes that there would be significant financial and logistical problems for the state’s pension and health insurance programs if same-sex marriages were recognized."

Oh you mean the pension and health insurance programs LGBT tax payers fund? You tax heteros for those benefits and give it to them no questions asked but you will not do the same for LGBT tax payers? That money belongs to the citizens, not the state. The citizens are not the state's slaves. They are states bosses. Fork it over anti-American, ingrate, fascist whore or it will be taken by physical force.

The LGBT people of Florida need to bring that ingrate political whore to heel. She is your employee, force her to bow down to you. She has NO choice.

hottac38 May 30, 2014 at 4:14 pm

It amazes me how the individuals with the poorest history of success on the topics they choose to comment about act as if they are even worthy to comment.

Makoch78 May 30, 2014 at 6:17 pm

Let me get this straight no pun intended, it is in her eyes to Legally tax Gay citizens, and use their tax money to fund heterosexual pensions and health plans but not to afford the Gay people the same rights and equality under the law. Yet she has been married no less than 3 times. Yet Gay people wanting to enjoy the same rights afforded to them should have to take a back seat so she can continue degrade them. Just to throw one more thing in there I am willing to bet she is a Christian, which correct me if I am wrong that it specifically states that divorce is a sin and she should be stoned to death now 3 times for committing the same sin. Hypocrite to the fullest extent there.

ImcalledDale May 30, 2014 at 6:24 pm

If gay was ever caused by environment and influence – she could do it.

MullinsRothrock May 31, 2014 at 8:38 am

She is only saying those things because she is receiving a TON of money for her to say such things. In the real world almost a good 3/4 of the population of America marry because they love each other. Not because they need the 'permission' to have sex with each other and spawn children. I read the old-age policy on marriage and this is what it summarizes to. Also, she and her supporters need to get their heads out of the clouds and understand that ADOPTION now exists today!!! I can't believe such words coming out of her mouth and she thinks she is only attacking gay people. "Marriage is only for man and woman how have NATURAL born children unto them". Go figure people!

cipher May 31, 2014 at 11:25 am

This is what comes of allowing Tea Party trash to vote and to hold office.

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