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Civil and Human Rights Leaders Condemn Racist, Anti-Voter Rights Decision

<<< Miami-Dade judge unlawfully denies Florida voters their rights, their equality, their dignity, and their day in court! >>>

MIAMI, FL – On Friday, July 25, 2014, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel indefensibly granted a motion for Summary Judgment filed by anti-voter rights extremists in a seditious lawsuit to overthrow Florida’s Constitution and deny Florida citizens basic voter rights. Zabel’s hateful, incendiary decision is a modern-day judicial lynching of the millions of Hispanic and African-American voters who in 2008 overwhelmingly approved Florida’s constitutional respect for the institution of Marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

By granting the extremists’ Summary Judgment motion, Zabel not only denied Florida citizens a trial in this case, she also violated their voter rights and 14th amendment guarantee to equal protection and due process.

Her decision is nothing short of a racist violation of constitutional due process and equal protection rights. Zabel is apparently so ignorant of constitutional law that she simply cannot grasp the enormity of the injustice and discrimination she is committing,” stated Nathaniel Wilcox, executive director of People United to Lead the Struggle for Equality (PULSE), one of Miami-Dade’s oldest civil rights organizations.

By denying minorities their basic rights, Zabel has effectively disenfranchised and harmed African-American and Hispanic citizens whose voter rights have been historically denied. CNN exit poll during the historic 2008 elections show that African-American and Hispanic voters were more likely to support the Florida Marriage Protection Amendment, 72% and 64% respectively, than the general voting population, 62%,” points out Anthony Verdugo, executive director of the Christian Family Coalition Florida, a state-wide human rights and social justice advocacy organization.

Millions of Americans have selflessly shed their blood in battlefields throughout the world to secure the constitutional rights Zabel has violated in this case. As if that were not enough, she has violated her Oath of Office and the Code Judicial Conduct. Her racist ruling diminishes public confidence in the judiciary and does irreparable harm to the system of government under law,” adds Dr. Eladio Jose Armesto, chairman of the Florida Democratic League, the state’s largest Hispanic-led Democratic voters’ organization.


<> Zabel’s granting of extremists’ Summary Judgment motion is corrupt, unjust and discriminatory because it denies the people of Florida the basic right to a trial requiring all the false claims and allegations made in Plaintiffs lawsuit be proven.

<> Zabel’s decision is corrupt, unjust and discriminatory because it disenfranchises the nearly 8 million Florida citizens who exercised their constitutional right to vote in the historic 2008 elections, in which the institution of Marriage as the union of one man and one woman was overwhelming approved by 62 percent of Florida voters.

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<> Zabel’s decision is unjust and discriminatory because it is in criminal contempt of the legally binding U.S. Supreme Court precedent in U.S. vs. Windsor as well as the constitutional provision establishing separation of powers.

<> Zabel’s decision is unjust and discriminatory because it trashes the votes of all the nearly 8 million citizens who voted on the Florida Marriage Protection Amendment in 2008. These citizens exercised their right to vote with the full expectation that their vote would be respected, not trashed six years later by a corrupt, incompetent judge.

<> Zabel’s decision is unjust and discriminatory because it is based on Zabel’s own personal ideological bias and racially-suspect prejudices. Zabel was elected to uphold the Constitution and respect Florida law, not arbitrarily and capriciously impose her biases and prejudices on the people whose rights she swore to protect.

<> Zabel’s decision is unjust and discriminatory because it corruptly denies all Florida voters the 14th Amendment due process and equal protection rights.

<> Zabel’s decision is unjust and discriminatory because it unlawfully places Plaintiffs’ above Florida’s Constitution and Laws. Every Floridian, regardless of their alleged sexual behavioral choices or preferences, must be subject to the same constitutional mandates, the same laws, and the same rules and regulations. Zabel’s decision unlawfully carved out an exemption for Plaintiffs.

<> Zabel’s decision is unjust and discriminatory because it unlawfully exempts Plaintiffs from compliance with the laws every other Floridian must obey to change public policy issues with which they don’t agree.

In all, regardless whether the public policy issue is the fiction of same-sex so-called “marriage” or any other issue, ruling to overturn a constitutionally-sanctioned election is a direct and irreversible violation of the voter rights and constitutional liberties of citizens of a free and democratic society. In America, no one is above the law; no individual is better than another, nor does any individual have a greater claim to rights than others. Zabel must resign from the bench, or be removed by Florida’s Judicial Qualifications Commission and be disbarred by the Florida Bar.

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