Urgent Prayer Request: Florida’s Marriage Amendment in Jeopardy

Urgent Prayer Request:  Florida’s Marriage
Amendment in Jeopardy

Forward this message to your Florida friends!

In a Herculean effort similar to that put forth by Ohio citizens in 2004, Florida citizens concerned about the future of marriage in that state circulated petitions and collected signatures to place a Marriage Protection Amendment on Florida’s November 2008 ballot.  Florida’s Division of Elections already had confirmed that Florida4Marriage.org, the group organizing the signature collection effort, had handed in the necessary 611,009 signatures.

But after an unprecedented recount of petition signatures, state officials announced on Monday of this week that those signatures still were some 30,000 short of the required number.  And Florida4Marriage.org has only until January 29 to make up the shortfall.

Below we have forwarded Florida4Marriage’s urgent message to concerned Floridians.  All of us can join them by taking one or possibly two action steps.

  1. Forward the message below to friends living in Florida.  Remember especially part-time residents.  They might well not be aware of the Marriage Amendment effort.
  2. Pray! Pray that thousands of Floridians will follow the lead of Florida4Marriage.org’s chairman John Stemberger by refusing to become discouraged and applying themselves to the task at hand.    And pray that God will bless their efforts and protect marriage in Florida as the union of one man and one woman.

URGENT UPDATE:  Please forward this alert to your entire e-mail list.

Florida Marriage Amendment in Danger of Not Making 2008 Ballot

Officials Report 30,000 Petitions Short in Unprecedented Recount:

Immediate Action Needed to Collect More Petitions

(Tallahassee, FL)  Monday January, 14, 2008.  Leaders of Florida4Marriage.org declared a state of “constitutional emergency” today when they learned from Division of Elections officials that due to an “audit” ordered by the Division, the Florida Marriage Protection Amendment fell short by some 30,000 petitions. The state constitutional amendment seeks to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman and would prohibit polygamy, group marriage, and same sex marriages in Florida.

According to state officials, only 589,020 petitions were officially certified after the unprecedented audit, leaving the petition effort just under 22,000 short of the  611,009 needed to be certified for the ballot in 2008.  Florida4Marriage.org State Chairman John Stemberger said, “Right now, we are not interested in whose fault this is.  We just want to finish the job — and finish it immediately.”

Amendment leaders are calling upon national, state and local pro-family leaders to alert Floridians to the crisis and to immediately pull out all stops to collect new petitions over the next two weeks.  Stemberger said all petitions must be physically mailed or hand delivered into the state headquarters located at 4853 S. Orange Avenue, Orlando FL 32806, before close of business on Tuesday, January 29, 2008 (Presidential Primary Election Day).  Under a new law, petitions can no longer be delivered to local county supervisors of elections by individual citizens.  Petitions can only be received from the official sponsoring committee of the amendment.

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Action Steps:

1) Find new friends, neighbors and family who have not signed the petition. Petitions can be downloaded in PDF format HERE:

2) Appeal to your pastor to do one last petition collection over the next 2 Sundays.

3) Collect Petitions at Early Voting Sites: Volunteer to collect petitions outside of early voting sites which opened today.  Click

HERE to look up your county Supervisor Elections office and find early voting sites in your county.  Make sure you stand 100 feet away from the polling place to meet the legal requirement.

4) Contribute: We need to raise $50,000 before January 17th to mail the 40,000 petitions waiting at the mail house ready go out to new voters.