Although Log Cabin Republicans of Miami are happy with the results of the recent elections, marriage equality is still at the top of our priority list.
We are not now, nor will we ever be, single-issue voters. We look at what is best for our country and our state as a whole. For this particular election cycle, Gov. Rick Scott was clearly the better choice for Florida as a whole.
What is important to us is ensuring that the LGBT community as well as everyone in general, has the opportunity to find jobs, to grow their businesses (many gay businesses included), for our state to be debt-free, to allow people to flourish and not be burdened with higher taxes and, yes, to defend our Constitution.
That said, we are aware of the importance of marriage equality to Floridians and have always stood on the right side of history on this issue. Our state is in the process of becoming one of the next states to allow the freedom to marry for committed same-sex couples. Ironically, it is because we defend our national and state Constitution that we and the courts have the ability to bring marriage equality to the forefront and ensure that freedom prevails.
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Log Cabin Republicans of Miami is confident that marriage equality will not be an issue in the near future. The courts will decide, and Gov. Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi will ensure, that moving forward, the Constitution will continue to be protected, as they are sworn to do, and marriage equality will be one of those rights they will be defending.
We move forward with confidence and perseverance in our fight for marriage equality here in Florida and across the nation.
Mimi Planas, president, Log Cabin Republicans of Miami, Miami