In 2008 I was one of the Sarasota/Manatee County leaders in the effort to defeat Florida's Amendment 2, which defined marriage as "a union between one man and one woman"; the amendment passed.
Since then 35 states have, albeit in some cases reluctantly, recognized the dignity of the loving relationships that are formed by same-gender couples. My partner of 45 years and I decided not to wait for Florida to recognize our relationship, so we went to Massachusetts and sealed the deal.
We are both veterans who have served our country, honorably, in Vietnam. We did not serve a country that would allow discrimination against its citizens, its taxpayers, its soldiers.
I understand that there are some who have strong religious beliefs against homosexuals, but those beliefs are their beliefs, and should be kept amongst their respective congregations.
This is America. We are, or should be, leaders in understanding the human soul.
The current mess regarding same-gender marriage in Florida, initiated by Florida's attorney general, can only be described as a "lawyering" leech sucking funds out of the taxpayers of Florida. Enough. The Supreme Court of the United States told Florida that these relationships should be honored.
The court clerks of Manatee and Sarasota should honor that ruling and fire their legal counsel because eventually the 14th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States will indeed be upheld and all that money to fight this effort, paid by Florida taxpayers, will go into the pockets of the lawyers.