FFPC calls suit to overturn Florida’s same-sex marriage ban “publicity stunt”

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An activist group calls the lawsuit to overturn Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage a “publicity stunt.”

In a statement released this afternoon, the Orlando-based Florida Family Policy Council spoke out against the six couples who filed suit to overturn the Marriage Protection Amendment of the Florida Constitution.

The gay-rights group Equality Florida and the National Center for Lesbian Rights also joined in Tuesday’s filing in Miami-Dade County Federal Circuit Court.

“Today’s lawsuit is nothing more than a publicity stunt,” responds the conservative group, which was formed to promote pro-life policies. “Filed in Miami, it represents ‘forum shopping’ in the most liberal legal venue in the state. “

“Sixty two percent of Floridians have decisively spoken on this issue,” says FFPC President and General Counsel John Stemberger. “Gay activists cannot win in the marketplace, so they have resorted to trying to find renegade courts who have little respect for the rule of law to create social change that would never happen through the people or their elected representatives.
Stemberger remains confident Attorney General Pam Bondi will defend the “long held law” and “expose the radical views and overreaching legal positions” of the suit. 
Activists, although sincere, are not free to redefine a fundamental human institution, one that served civilization since the beginning of time, he adds.
According to the FFPC website, they are one of 38 state-based policy councils nationwide associated with the Colorado-based conservative Christian group Focus on the Family, a leading pro-life, pro-family organization.

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