Rev. Leo Frade, the Episcopal bishop of the Southeast Florida Diocese, announced his opposition to Amendment 2 today, the marriage amendment that seeks to enshrine the state ban on gay marriage into the Constitution. His argument:
"Not only would the passage of Amendment 2 infringe upon our religious liberty by imposing a single religious definition of marriage on all Floridians, regardless of their beliefs; but because of its wording, this amendment could also deny many important benefits to all unmarried Floridians.
"While the amendment is clearly aimed at same-sex relationships, we know that among our state’s large population of retired persons there are also heterosexual couples who have not married for fear of losing a portion of their individual Social Security or pension benefits. In recent years these persons, as well as partners in committed same-sex relationships, have been able to receive protection for their rights under domestic partnership laws. I cannot see how we can say we love our neighbors if we pass an amendment that could put at risk for these couples such rights as the ability to visit or to participate in medical choices for each other in illness or at the point of death."
Read his full statement here: Download a_message_from_bishop_frade_opposing_amendment_2.htm