New PAC Launches to Overturn Florida’s Gay Marriage Ban
There’s a new political action committee (PAC) in town called Equal Marriage Florida. It was created shortly before the Supreme Court rulings that returned same-sex marriage to California couples and denied the constitutionality of the federal government refusing to recognize same-sex marriages performed in the states.
Vanessa Brito, a Miami-based political consultant who ran the successful 2011 campaign to recall Miami-Dade commissioner Natacha Seijas, is the leader of the PAC which she created to overturn the Florida constitutional amendment defining marriage as between "one man and one woman, as husband and wife" to "a union of two persons."
I understand you’re creating a bit of a stir with your objective of overturning Florida’s anti-gay constitutional amendment.
I’m a true lesbian -- there always has to be drama. But I really believe our approach is the right one. And I say that as a long time supporter of Equality Florida. I’m on one of their steering committees and I think they do great work in the state.
Don’t you think it would be better to support one organization rather than creating two?
There’s no reason why we shouldn’t take both approaches -- lawsuits and legislation. They complement each other and if one fails the other may work.
But doesn’t it take away resources from both sides instead of focusing them on the common objective?
I don’t think so. Some people want to go the lawsuit route and some want to go the voter route and they provide financial support for the method they prefer. I’ve told Equality Florida that we won’t deplete the resources available to support marriage equality.
As I recall, back in 2008 when amendment 2 was being passed, a PAC was formed called "Florida Red and Blue." Is Marriage Equality Florida connected with that group?
No. No connection, and I don’t think that group exists any longer. And we don’t intend to exist after the marriage ban is removed from Florida laws and constitution.
When you first hit the social connectosphere you were hoping to get on the 2014 ballot, but just yesterday I saw a Facebook entry seeking signatures for 2016. Which is it?