Friday, November 21, 2008

Domestic Partnership Benefits? They are after those too.

(H/T Waymon Hudson.)

We knew it was coming. It was only a matter of time until the backers of Florida's Amendment 2 proved exactly how dishonest they were during their lie-filled campaign and went after domestic partnership benefits in Florida- despite saying it would have "no effect on benefits" and it was "only about one thing- marriage."

DAVID_CATON_mid.jpgDavid Caton, executive director of the Florida Family Association (one of the groups backing Amendment 2), says he will push for a change to the Hillsborough County Charter in 2010 to preemptively ban same-sex benefits for county employees. That's right, banning benefits. This is exactly what we warned would happen and they swore wouldn't.

Isn't lying a sin, Caton? I guess you're just glossing over that part of the Ten Commandments...

In an interview with the Miami Herald, Caton let this loose:

We're going to use the momentum from the marriage amendment to speak to the fact that most people in this state don't want a recognition of that type of relationship. At this time of economic stress, our government should not be providing benefits to nonemployees on the basis of their sexual relationships.

"That type of relationship"?? So loving, committed couples shouldn't be able to share even the most basic benefits? It looks like the true face of the Amendment 2 supporters is coming to light.

Caton said efforts to recruit volunteers and gather signatures will begin next year. Caton also laid bare the plans of the backers of Amendment 2:

Domestic partnership will be the battlefield between the pro-family agenda and the gay-radical agenda.

So denying health care and other rights to families is now part of the "pro-family agenda"?

After months of listening to Amendment 2 backers bleating about how "health benefits and hospital visitation" wouldn't be affected, the truth comes out. Not surprising from a group that used lies and illegal tactics throughout its campaign. Caton is simply saying what we already knew- they won't be happy until they have taken everything away from us.

Am I the only one who is completely sick of those claiming the "moral majority" being the biggest liars and hypocrites out there? They run horrendous, hate-filled campaigns against us filled with lies. They protest our pride events and boycott equality minded businesses for years, but cry foul when we take to the streets to protest or call out their financial supporters. They claim to be "pro-family" while tearing apart our families.

Take a good, hard look, Florida. This is the lie you believed when you went to the voting booth.

(Hudson is President and Co-Founder of Fight OUT Loud , a national non-profit organization dedicated to helping LGBT individuals and their allies fight discrimination and hate. He is a vocal community activist and LGBT rights advocate. Waymon is also a political consultant, focusing on new media/social networking and youth outreach. Waymon is also the Managing Editor of Bilerico-Florida.)

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