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Gallagher's wife to be spokeswoman for gay marriage ban

Laura Gallagher, the soft-spoken wife of former gubernatorial candidate Tom Gallagher, has a new cause to campaign for: a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in Florida.

Gallagher was named spokeswoman for, the official sponsoring committee of the Florida Marriage Protection Amendment. The organization, backed by the Christian Coalition of Florida, the Liberty Counsel, the Florida Family Policy Council and other conservative groups, is financing the petition drive to get the amendment on the November 2008 election ballot.

The organization tried but failed to collect enough validated signatures to place the amendment on the ballot this year, despite efforts by backers to pump $300,000 into the Republican Party of Florida to fuel the effort. The group reports that the Florida Division of Elections has certified 466,700 of the 611,009 petitions required.

Laura Gallagher is a Tallahassee attorney who had a strong influence on moving her husband from the political middle to the political right after their marriage 8 years ago.