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SAVE to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi: 'What truly causes public harm is discriminatory rhetoric'

From Tony Lima of SAVE:

graphic2MIAMI, FL – South Florida's largest LGBT advocacy organization SAVE (Safeguarding American Values for Everyone) fired back today at claims by Attorney General Pam Bondi in court documents that same-sex marriage in Florida would "impose significant public harm."

"As the voice of South Florida's LGBT community, we at SAVE know this issue affects many loving, committed same-sex couples married elsewhere but currently living in Florida," explained SAVE Executive Director Tony Lima. "Attorney General Bondi should know that what truly causes public harm is discriminatory rhetoric that divides Floridians instead of uniting them. It's our responsibility to hold the Attorney General accountable this November for her stance against equality and frankly against the voters of Florida."

The federal Marriage Recognition lawsuit, filed in March 2014, challenges the Florida’s refusal to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples performed out of state. The ACLU represents eight couples from throughout the state, a recently-widowed Ft. Myers woman, and SAVE. The lawsuit names Attorney General Bondi, Governor Rick Scott, and two other state officials as defendants. The case has been consolidated with another lawsuit also challenging the ban, and the consolidated cases are being heard in the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Florida.

For more information about the case, including ways to get involved, find SAVE online at www.savedade.org/savemarriage.

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