Amendment 2 will be on the ballot in Florida this November. In California, Amendment 8 will be on the ballot. Both of these initiatives will be a setback for equal rights. The Florida initiative would ban marriage for gay and lesbian couples, as well as all civil unions and state-recognized domestic partnerships. In California, Amendment 8 would eliminate same-sex marriages, which have been legal since June.
RLC member Terry Hamilton, president of the California Log Cabin Republicans, is working with a newly formed group called Republicans Against 8 to fight Amendment 8. In 1978, Governor Ronald Reagan opposed Proposition 6, the Briggs Initiative, which would have banned gay and lesbians from teaching in public schools. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is standing with Republicans Against 8.
In Florida, RLC-endorsed candidate for State Senate, Dean Santoro, joined the Miami Log Cabin Republican group at an anti-Amendment 2 event recently held. “Amendment 2 is a drastic and un-American measure aimed at dividing Americans and taking away basic fundamental rights,” according to Log Cabin-Miami President Robert Watson. “Good Republicans … understand there is nothing conservative about amending the state constitution to prevent loving, committed partners from caring for one another.”
Dean Santoro, right, Republican for State Senate, with two other event goers.