The great people over at Progress Florida have just released an internet ad of Michael Schiavo, the husband of Terri Schiavo, urging voters to vote NO on Florida's Amendment 2, the so-called "marriage protection" amendment. Michael Schiavo knows better than most what happens when our private lives become fodder for political battles. He sees dangerous things in Amendment 2 and he's speaking out.
The same people who thought they knew what was best for my wife Terri, are once again trying to tell others how to live. As a former Republican, I think if the people behind Amendment 2 really cared about respecting a legal marriage between husband and wife, they would have respected mine.
More after the jump...
Here's the full text of the ad:
Hello, I'm Michael Schiavo.
I'm troubled by Amendment 2 on Florida's ballot this November.
This thing they're calling the "marriage" amendment.
The same people who thought they knew what was best for my wife Terri, are once again trying to tell others how to live.
This time they want to jeopardize legal protections guaranteed in our state's Constitution.
It's hard to respect people who only pay lip service to family values.
As a former Republican, I think if the people behind Amendment 2 really cared about respecting a legal marriage between husband and wife, they would have respected mine.
Take it from me: We don't want government involved in these personal decisions.
Show true family values by voting No on Amendment 2 this Election.
One of the backers of Amendment 2 is the Florida Family Policy Council, an organization that also inserted itself into the Schiavo family's well-publicized ordeal.
Amendment 2 essentially has two parts: one that limits marriage to opposite sex couples, and a second that prohibits the recognition of any "legal union that is treated as marriage or the substantial equivalent thereof." That vague language threatens to take away domestic partnerships and benefits across the state.
For an in-depth look at the legal issues surrounding Amendment 2, check out Bilerico-Florida blogger Anthony Niedwiecki's series of posts: