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Ros-Lehtinen, Taddeo each pledge to fight Florida ban on gay marriage

BY STEVE ROTHAUS
srothaus@MiamiHerald.com

U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a House leader on gay issues, has pledged to fight Florida's proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage.

"We have a big challenge ahead of us," Ros-Lehtinen, R-Miami, told members of the gay-oriented Miami Log Cabin Republicans club, which met Sunday night in Miami Shores.

Amendment 2 will be on Florida's ballot in November. If passed, it would amend the state constitution to ban gay marriages and civil unions, as well as publicly recognized domestic partnerships.

"Most [Amendment 2 supporters] would like to frame it as a gay issue," Ros-Lehtinen said. "It's not that at all. Most of the domestic partnerships in Florida are heterosexual."

Ros-Lehtinen, who supports ending the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy, ranks among the most supportive House members on gay issues, according to Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest gay-rights group.

Annette Taddeo, the Democrat challenging Ros-Lehtinen in this fall's election, also strongly supports gay issues.

Taddeo is an advisory board member of the Say No 2 campaign, a group fighting the marriage amendment.

"We must fight Amendment 2 because all people must be treated equally and we should not change our state's constitution to allow discrimination," Taddeo said Monday in an e-mail to The Miami Herald.

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It's great to see both candidates in this race so supportive of fairness and against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

I'm amazed - a Republican from the south opposing discrimination against gay people. She is correct, but wonder's will never cease.

If only she would take up the battle to rid the Republican party of it's far right Christian Taliban leadership, we could go back to a more civil discourse on so many other issues as well. As for me, I was a republican all my life till Bush, and I've flopped 100%. The only republican I had voted for, a moderate and Vietnam war hero named Wayne Gilchrist, got destroyed in the last primary election by his own party, so they could put in a right wing extremist who would keep the Bush catastrophe of Iraq going on and on, while our nation and us go bankrupt at the gas station, and by buying $700 Billion per year from the other side of the war on terror - Saudi Arabia, Venezuela's Chavez etc. Yuk

Ileana is great on gay issues. I've had the pleasure of meeting her in person earlier this year. South Floridians are very lucky! Here in Texas, neither the Republican nor the Democrat running for my district will speak in favor of repealing Don't ask, Don't tell or even discuss anything regarding marriage.

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