Liberty Counsel Seeks to Intervene to Protect Marriage in Florida

Feb 25, 2014

LC.org

MIAMI, Florida – On behalf of a diverse coalition of citizen groups crossing racial, political, and religious lines, Liberty Counsel today filed a Motion to Intervene in Pareto v. Ruvin, the lawsuit initiated by homosexual activists seeking to declare Florida’s marriage laws unconstitutional.

In 2008, 62 percent of Floridians voted to pass Amendment 2, amending their state constitution to reaffirm marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Mathew and Anita Staver, Liberty Counsel’s Chairman and President, respectively, drafted Amendment 2 and successfully defended it against pre-election legal challenges, ultimately winning unanimous approval (7-0) by the Florida Supreme Court. Amendment 2 was the first constitutional amendment to clear the heightened 60% threshold for voter approval, thanks to the largest grassroots effort on any ballot issue in Florida’s history.

Having lost in the marketplace of ideas and having failed to convince the public to adopt their radical version of "marriage," homosexual activists, led by the National Center for Lesbian Rights and Equality Florida, have now filed suit, asking Miami judge Sarah Zabel to throw out the votes of 8 million Floridians and to judicially impose homosexual marriage upon all Floridians.

Liberty Counsel represents three umbrella civil rights organizations which are seeking to intervene to protect both marriage and the voting rights of all Floridians. FLORIDA FAMILY ACTION is a cultural action organization with thousands of members across the state, devoted to preserving and protecting the institution of marriage. PEOPLE UNITED TO LEAD THE STRUGGLE FOR EQUALITY is a civil rights umbrella organization consisting of 35 civic groups and representing thousands of African-Americans and other minorities. FLORIDA DEMOCRATIC LEAGUE is one of the leading Hispanic-led human rights organizations in Florida, with thousands of members throughout the state, all of which are registered Democrats. Each of these organizations was instrumental to the passage of Amendment 2, and all are uniting to defend natural, man-woman marriage and  the right of every Floridian to have his or her vote counted.

"Marriage is a foundational societal institution that transcends racial, political, and religious lines," said Mathew Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. "This lawsuit threatens to disenfranchise millions of Floridians who voted to affirm natural marriage and to supplant the clearly expressed will of a supermajority of Florida’s voters with the radical vision of homosexual activists who cannot win at the ballot box," added Horatio Mihet, Liberty Counsel’s Senior Litigation Counsel. "We are committed to provide a vigorous defense for marriage and voting rights," concluded both.

Liberty Counsel is an international nonprofit, litigation, education, and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and the family since 1989, by providing pro bono assistance and representation on these and related topics.

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