|Published:||Jul 01, 2013 5:19 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 01, 2013 6:40 PM EDT|
COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - Vanessa Brito has her work cut out for her. The Chairman of Equal Marriage Florida is working throughout the entire state to change Florida's definion of marriage.
"Amendment 2 redefined marriage as a civil marriage between a man and a woman, so what were aiming to do is change that definition to a civil union between two persons. It's a very generic definition and then add a second clause to that," said Brito.
Brito said the second clause helps bring in the moderate voters.
"It basically allows any religious organization or institution to not be required to officiate or recognize a same sex marriage or any union if its not in line with their beliefs."
Like the beliefs of the Diocese of Venice.
"Obviously the position of the church is well understood and we understand the citizens have the right to petition their governments. For the Catholic Church, marriage brings a man and woman together for life and that's just a sacred union," said Spokesperson Billy Atwell.
But Brito said if they are able to collect the 680,000 signatures needed to get the referendum on the ballot, everyone is protected and it will maintain the separation of church and state. Brito said they submitted their proposed referendum to the State Division of Elections on June 21, before the Supreme Court made their ruling. The group expects to have approval of that form by Tuesday.
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