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Chan Lowe: South Florida chases the gay honeymoon market

gayh.gif In many ways, South Florida is an outlier from the rest of the Sunshine State. Ideologically, somewhere between Palm Beach County and Orlando, time begins to slow, and then to stand still. If you continue farther north, the clock actually starts ticking backwards, as if Einstein himself were reaching out from the grave to apply the theory of relativity to Florida politics. By the time you reach Pensacola, where abortion doctors are considered target practice, you’ve traveled back to the era of the Scopes Trial.

This is the state whose Republican-dominated legislature passed a Defense of Marriage Act to enshrine discrimination in our law. The idea of those who sponsored it was that the institution of heterosexual marriage faced a threat to its moral underpinnings if gays were allowed to marry their own kind, or if the state were merely to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions. It is noteworthy that an amendment put forward by then-Rep. Lois Frankel (who hails from a South Florida county, of course), which would also deny recognition to any marriage whose parties had engaged in adulterous sex before marrying, was overwhelmingly defeated by the so-called moralists.

This law puts places like Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach Counties in the embarrassing position of promoting their beachfront scenes as gay tourism destination areas, reaching out with one hand for disposable gay income bucks while administering the stinging slap of discrimination with the other.

Let’s hope this welcome clientele understands that South Florida counties merely live uncomfortably under the same roof as their more reactionary relatives, and that they don’t necessarily agree with the epithets shouted from the porch off the house's northern wing.

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you hit the nail right on the head

true conservs, like me, support states rights

if one state votes to allow gay marriage & another to ban is each state's right to do so

liberals regularly accuse conservs of attempting to force views on why cant liberals accept that each state has every right to rule differently on this?

Because, Rob, it' has nothing to do with states rights. All humans equal under the law means ALL. When two people cannot marry because they are of the same sex, that creates inequality. Face it, two people living together do NOT have the same rights and benefits as two married people. An unmarried gay man or woman cannot share the same tax benefits of a married couple. Unequal and unamerican.

so when are they going to allow polygamy?

Mark, Some relegions currently accept that... but if you are looking into that legally I would contact your elected represenatives.

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Chan LoweCHAN LOWE has been the Sun Sentinel’s first and only editorial cartoonist for the past twenty-six years. Before that, he worked as cartoonist and writer for the Oklahoma City Times and the Shawnee (OK) News-Star.

Chan went to school in New York City, Los Angeles, and the U.K., and graduated from Williams College in 1975 with a degree in Art History. He also spent a year at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow.

His work has won numerous awards, including the Green Eyeshade Award and the National Press Foundation Berryman Award. He has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His cartoons have won multiple first-place awards in all of the Florida state journalism contests, and The Lowe-Down blog, which he began in 2008, has won writing awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists.
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