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Gay-marriage opponents pledge to fight lawsuit filed recently by six same-sex South Florida couples

BY MARC CAPUTO
MCAPUTO@MIAMIHERALD.COM

With Florida’s gay-marriage ban threatened in Miami court, social conservatives launched a counteroffensive Friday, accusing same-sex union proponents of opposing civil rights.

The new argument from the Christian Family Coalition and other groups adopts the very talking points of gay-marriage backers, who sued last month to strike down Florida’s ban as a violation of constitutional rights guaranteeing equal treatment.

But the supporters of the Florida Marriage Protection Amendment say the rights of Floridians would be violated if a judge struck down the law because it was approved by voters, 62 percent of them, in 2008.

The press conference came a day after a federal judge made Virginia the latest state where a gay-marriage ban was struck down.

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