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Monday, October 20, 2008

Florida Ballot Referenda

My absentee ballot includes a few provisions on referenda for various constitutional amendments including one giving the State the right to regulate/prohibit property rights of non-citizens (incl. legal residents), one banning gay marriage, one removing for tax purposes the added value of renewable energy sources on property (IE, you won't pay more to the government if you install solar panels), and one to allow for funding of community colleges via a local property tax.

The marriage amendment is particularly cute for its bald-faced partisanship:
This amendment protects marriage as the legal union only one man and one woman as husband and wife and provides that no other legal union that is treated as marriage or the substantial equivalent thereof shall be valid or recognized.
'Define' would actually be neutral, no need to refer to the seething hordes of gays waiting to rampage through your daughter's wedding. It then concludes bizarrely:
The direct financial impact this amendment will have on state and local government revenues and expendtures cannot be determined, but is expected to be minor.
Floridian democracy...


Blogger Wyatt said...

so... *anticipation* ... who wil you be voting for?

let me guess, Bob Barr.

(unless you plan on mindlessly following the young/student/international voting block and choosing Obama ;)

5:18 PM  
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