Florida AG Insulted That You're Angry About Her Decision To Fight Marriage Equality
How dare you, sir, be angry that Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has decided to fight tooth and nail to keep same-sex couples in her state second class citizens! Though more of her colleagues than we can keep track of have decided to not defend their respective state bans on marriage equality, Bondi is insulted by any anger inflamed over her decision to go against the grain and fight equality. Hrmph!
In a statement defending her anachronistic decision that has sparked outrage among many voters, Bondi writes:
“In 2008, Florida voters amended their state constitution to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman. In response to a recent challenge to this provision, and in keeping with my sworn duty to uphold the laws of the land, my office recently filed a legal brief defending the voters' decision.
“The fundamental argument of our brief is that the voters had the right to adopt this definition of marriage, just as they have the right in the future to change their minds and afford legal recognition to same sex marriage, should they so choose.
“Defending the wishes of the voters who enacted Florida's marriage amendment necessarily requires me to make good faith legal arguments. In presenting those arguments, my office understands and respects that there are many who profoundly disagree with the voters' decision. But anything less than the best defense of our voters' policy preferences would disenfranchise the electorate, undermine the judicial process, and cast aside the professional responsibility that guides me every day as Attorney General.
The subject of same sex marriage is understandably a matter of intense personal concern and sensitivity for Floridians on all sides of the debate. While defending this constitutional amendment, we have remained respectful and showed consideration for those with differing viewpoints—acknowledging in the introduction that this issue is one with ‘good people on all sides.’
“Therefore, I take exception to those who have sought to manipulate our brief, trying to make it something it is not. The brief does not argue for or against same sex marriage as a matter of policy, wisdom, or fairness. Those decisions are for the voters of each state, not for lawyers or courts. It is my duty to protect Florida from the “harm” of a federal injunction overriding the will of Florida voters.
“Some states recognize same-sex marriage, and some states do not. As the brief explains on pages two and three:
‘This case is not about which policy choice is better or worse. And this case is not about whether the debate should continue (which it surely will). This case is about whether states can make their own determinations.
Notice, Bondi doesn't mention the number of other state AG's who have boldly and courageously decided to defend the people they represent. They were "just doing their job" more effectively than the current AG of Florida.