Controversy Surrounding Amendment Two
There's already a state statute banning same-sex marriage... but Amendment Two would add the ban to the state's Constitution.
The amendment would define marriage as the legal union of only one man and one woman as husband and wife, meaning no other legal union will be recognized.
And that is causing controversy.
"Amendment two is like abortion, for example. It's highly controversial because of the deep cultural or moral or religious views," says Joe Little, a law professor at UF.
Supporters say they want to see this definition of marriage listed on the Florida Constitution because they want to protect the institution of marriage between one man and one woman.
Opponents say it would not only hurt same-sex couples, but heterosexual ones as well, meaning domestic partnerships, or common law marriages, would lose all rights.
"It places it places an intrusion by government into the state constitution, limiting the freedoms of others," says Craig Lowe, Gainesville City Commissioner.
The issues surrounding Amendment Two has become so large, city commissioners are attending rallies in the area, like this one at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Gainesville .
But on the flip side, groups like YesOn2 say Amendment Two is misunderstood.
"Homosexuals relationships, we're not against that. But as far as protecting the definition of marriage, that is what we're wanting to do," says Barbara Fuller, Alachua County Coordinator for YesOn2.
Like most controversial issues, Amendment Two boils down to two opposing views: traditional versus progressive. No matter which side of the fence your on, local leaders just want to make sure that you know exactly what you're voting for.
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