Saunders says approving gay marriage in Florida is an economic issue

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Jun 26, 2013 Comments Off on Saunders says approving gay marriage in Florida is an economic issue Wes Hodge

And here’s state Rep. Joe Saunders, D-Orlando, the first openly gay Central Floridian to be elected to the state Legislature, speaking of the DOMA ruling:

These rulings to strike down DOMA, and reinstate the ability of California’s same-sex couples to be married are monumental for the rights of LGBT people everywhere. They prove the country is moving everyday toward full marriage equality and basic fairness for LGBT Americans. Meanwhile in Florida, even while opinion polls tell us that people believe gay Floridians should be treated like everyone else, the Florida legislature has done nothing to create even the most basic protections.” 

“A third of the country now has access to the full rights and responsibilities that come from marriage equality making the economic implications of inequality in Florida all the more consequential. If we can’t prove to these families that we’re serious about treating them fairly and equally, they’ll leave our state and take their tax dollars and small businesses with them.”

Click here for the full Orlando Sentinel story 

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