Liberty Counsel fights to preserve FL marriage law it helped draft

Friday, January 24, 2014
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Homosexual activists have picked a fight in Florida, where they're challenging the constitutionality of the state's marriage protection amendment. 

Homosexual group Equality Florida and six same-gender couples filed suit to overturn the constitutional amendment declaring marriage to be between one man and one woman.

Liberty Counsel founder Mat Staver and his wife, Anita, wrote the amendment and went to court against the ACLU to get it on the ballot. The measure passed in 2008.

The marriage fight in Florida is a result of the U.S. Supreme Court decision that affected the Defense of Marriage Act, Staver tells OneNewsNow.

"I think that before that particular decision, these amendments would be easy to defend," Staver observes. "Now it's certainly going to be a battle all over the country as one after another are being challenged."

Staver, Mat (Liberty Counsel)Staver suggests Florida's amendment is sound.

He explains: "Frankly I think that if we go down this road and courts begin to invalidate these marriage amendments, it really begs the question as to whether the courts have lost their legitimacy because, obviously, there's no question from a constitutional standpoint that marriage as a union of one man and one woman being affirmed in a law or state constitution is clearly constitutional."

In the Supreme Court decision, states were given the right to define marriage.

Staver says Liberty Counsel will vigorously defend not only Florida's amendment but those that are challenged in any state. 

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