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Rick Scott: "I would have voted for the traditional marriage"

Blog updated to include information provided by Gov. Rick Scott's campaign.

A few days after a Monroe County judge ruled that the state’s gay marriage ban is unconstitutional, Gov. Rick Scott continues to give evasive answers to questions about his views.

Attorney General Pam Bondi quickly announced she would appeal which essentially puts a stay on the judge’s ruling for now. The plaintiffs asked the judge today to lift the stay but as of noon the judge hadn’t made a decision.

The judge sided with Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones, who argued that the 2008-voter approved ban on same-sex marriage in the Florida Constitution violated their rights under the U.S. Constitution.

Scott issued a statement after the ruling saying he “supports traditional marriage, consistent with the amendment approved by Florida voters in 2008, but does not believe that anyone should be discriminated against for any reason.” Last Friday when asked about gay marriage he gave vague answers to Michael Putney and then pivoted to talk about jobs.

We asked Scott to elaborate on his views on discrimination at a campaign pit stop promoting jobs in Pompano Beach this morning:

Q: “Gay rights groups say that the marriage ban discriminates against them but proponents of the ban say that judges are now discriminating against their votes. You have said you are against discrimination. Which kind of discrimination are you against?”

A: “First off, as we know in 2008 the voters of the state decided that marriage would be between man and a woman, traditional marriage. It's gone to the courts. The courts will end up deciding. The Attorney General is doing her job. She is appealing it which is her job to defend the Constitution. In my case I believe in traditional marriage. Also I don’t want anybody discriminated against. We will see what the courts do.”

Q: “How did you vote in 08 on that?”

(Scott’s response was so quiet I couldn’t hear him.)

Q: “What?”

A: “I would have voted for the traditional marriage.”

A spokeswoman for the campaign, Jackie Schutz, later told us that in 2008 Scott “voted for the amendment.”

The amendment defined marriage as between one man and one woman and was approved by about 62 percent of the voters.

 

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