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Michael Schiavo Urges Voters to “Say No 2” Amendment Two

October 16, 2008

Miami, FL - A familiar face has gone before Florida voters to argue against a new attempt to narrow the definition of marriage. Michael Schiavo, who made national news a few years ago in the fight over whether he could allow his disabled wife, Terri, to die, is urging Florida voters to say "no" to Amendment 2, known as the "Marriage Protection Act."

"The same people who thought they knew what was best for my wife, Terri, are once again trying to tell others how to live. This time they want to jeopardize legal protections guaranteed in our state's constitution."

Amendment 2 defines marriage as a legal union between a man and a woman, and says no other legal union would be valid. Florida law already bans same-sex marriage, but supporters say the amendment is needed to prevent judges from overturning the law.

Damien Filer with Progress Florida says the measure would put unmarried couples, both same-sex and straight, at risk in these rough economic times.

"The only thing that will change is that we will jeopardize health insurance benefits and legal protections for people who rely on domestic partnerships. Those include a large senior population, and people like firefighters, police officers, teachers."

Many Florida corporations, universities and cities recognize registered domestic partnerships for benefits, including shared health care, pensions and life insurance. Mark Pudlow is spokesperson for the Florida Education Association, which also opposes the amendment. He says it would take 60 percent of the vote to pass, adding that the amendment is part of what he calls a right-wing, nationwide movement.

"You only have to look at what has happened in other states where it has passed. The proponents then go to court and seek to invalidate benefits that people already have. Disney, for example, which allows domestic partnership benefits, would be told that it could no longer offer them."

He says it also could prevent people from visiting partners in the hospital, or from making health care and end-of-life decisions for them.

Gina Presson/Kevin Clay, Public News Service - FL