Four States Affirm Same-Sex ‘Marriage’
by BRIAN FRAGA
Amendment 8, which was one of two state ballot questions supported by the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops, was defeated, with only 44% of voters in favor. The measure required 60% of people voting Yes in order to amend the state’s constitution.
Supporters said Amendment 8 would have allowed faith-based organizations, such as Catholic Charities, to continue delivering social services without the threat of lawsuits because of a 19th-century law, rooted in anti-Catholic bias, which bans public funding for all religiously affiliated groups.
“Floridians deserve the opportunity to benefit from programs with a secular purpose run by religious entities,” said Juan Zapata, president of Citizens for Religious Freedom and Non-Discrimination, which championed the amendment.