MEMO Memo: Attorney General’s Office Files Motions to Intervene in Challenges to Voter-Approved Constitutional Amendment Defining Marriage Date: June 24, 2014 To: Interested media From: Jenn Meale, Communications Director for the Attorney General’s Office Re: Motions to Intervene in Challenges to Voter-Approved Constitutional Amendment Defining Marriage The Office of the Attorney General today filed motions to intervene in two challenges to the voter-approved constitutional amendment defining marriage. This action will ensure that the courts have the benefit of legal arguments defending the constitutional marriage provision approved by Florida voters in 2008. The interventions also further a coordinated response to related challenges pending in courts throughout the state. The cases are as follows: Pareto v. Ruvin, Case No. 2014-1661-CA-01 (11th Judicial Circuit, Miami-Dade County) and Huntsman v. Heavlin, Case No. 2014-CA-0305-K (16th Judicial Circuit, Monroe County). To view the motions to intervene, please click on the following hyperlinks: http://myfloridalegal.com/webfiles.nsf/WF/JMEE-9LDS2E/$file/MiamiMotionPar.pdf http://myfloridalegal.com/webfiles.nsf/WF/JMEE-9LDS3G/$file/MonroeMotionAH.pdfAnd, here comes the Florida Democratic Party's party piece. Still developing. Check back for updates.
Bondi Doubles Down On Hateful Crusade Against LGBT FloridiansTallahassee, FL — After making national news last month by claiming marriage equality would cause “significant public harm,” Attorney General Pam Bondi has doubled down on her bigoted campaign against LGBT Floridians. Bondi has offered to join additional lawsuits — at taxpayer expense — in an effort to obstruct marriage equality. As the Associated Press's Gary Fineout reported, Pam Bondi seeks to intervene in two lawsuits filed against the Miami-Dade and Monroe County clerks.“After the initial backlash to her bigoted comments, Bondi insisted that she was just doing her job. Now it is clear that Bondi is waging an ideologically charged war against LGBT Floridians, going out of her way to waste taxpayer dollars in an effort to stop Floridians from enjoying the same rights as their fellow citizens. Floridians overwhelmingly agree that love is love, and for Bondi to continue to waste taxpayer dollars in an effort to shore up her Tea Party credentials during her reelection campaign is simply unconscionable. Floridians deserve an Attorney General that will fight for them — not a bigoted, self-interested politician like Pam Bondi,” said Florida Democratic Party Political Director Christian Ulvert.# # #
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