FLORIDA DEMOCRATIC LEAGUE STATEMENT
ANTI-VOTER RIGHTS SHAM LAWSUIT ATTACKS DEMOCRACY; UNDERMINES RULE OF LAW
(Adopted in Miami, Florida on February 13, 2014.)
This past January 21st, 2014, a discriminatory, sham lawsuit was filed in Miami-Dade Circuit Court attacking the dignity, equality, and voter rights of Florida citizens. The lawsuit purports to be about the fiction of homosexual so-called “marriage.” The reality is that it attacks, tramples, and disrespects the very rules of decency and democracy! The very notion of equality under the law! The very values that all of us, whether Republicans or Democrats, hold dear!
This discriminatory, sham lawsuit threatens each and every voter in Florida with the ugly stigma of discrimination, inequality and second class citizenship. It threatens each and every voter in Florida with the specter of having the historic 2008 elections overturned; of having their Will unlawfully overruled and their vote trashed by extremists attacking the every core of democracy and civil rights in America.
A BRAZEN ASSAULT ON DEMOCRACY
This sham lawsuit is a brazen assault against the core principles of the Democratic Party; the core principle of one citizen, one vote; the core of principles of equality under the law and civil rights. In a word, it soils everything that Rev. Martin Luther King and the brave freedom riders throughout the South fought for.
In November 2008, millions of Floridians voted in a historic election that elected Barack Obama president and ordained that Florida’s Constitution honor the revered institution of Marriage as the union of one man, one woman. No fair-minded citizen can support a judge nullify the historic 2008 Constitutional vote on Marriage any more than they can support a judge nullify the historic 2008 election of President Barack Obama.
Indeed, regardless of how anyone feels about the institution of Marriage or any other public policy issue, no one has the right to have a judge deny or violate everyone else’s civil rights, everyone else’s votes, or everyone else’s dignity and equality under the law.
DISMISSAL OF SHAM LAWSUIT IS A MUST
As Democrats true to the principles of our Party, we demand the immediate dismissal by Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel of this outrageous and discriminatory sham lawsuit. Indeed, this lawsuit offends and disrespects Judge Zabel’s own dignity and integrity as a member of the judiciary.
People in other states may be bullied or intimidated; but NOT the people of Florida, nor the Florida Democratic League, nor our state’s other civil rights and social justice advocacy organizations and leaders. Corruption or oppression elsewhere; the denial or violation of civil rights elsewhere, can never justify corruption or oppression anywhere.
A RETURN TO THE DARK DAYS OF SLAVERY
The dignity, the equality, the votes, and the constitutional rights of Florida voters are NOT negotiable! Extremists must not be allowed to return us to the dark days of slavery and segregation when our equality, our rights, and our votes were brazenly denied, violated and nullified behind Courthouse doors.
Therefore, the FDL formally declares that we will defend to the end the dignity, the equality, and the voter rights of all Floridians, including those of the extremist Plaintiffs in this incendiary, sham lawsuit! We will not tolerate the denial or violation of voter rights in the Sunshine State. All Floridians are united in courageously saying: NO to Voter Rape!
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