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Q: Political candidates stance on civil unions ( No Answer,   0 Comments )
Subject: Political candidates stance on civil unions
Category: Relationships and Society > Politics
Asked by: rniel22-ga
List Price: $200.00
Posted: 15 May 2006 19:57 PDT
Expires: 14 Jun 2006 19:57 PDT
Question ID: 729207
I need references showing the stance on civil unions or gay marriage
(support/oppose) for as many of the following past political
candidates from the state of Florida that can be found.  This could be
news articles, political surveys, votes on bills, etc.  These need to
be real references and not just some random persons opinion or
statement about one of these candidates on a blog or other posting.
1) Buddy MacKay
2) Bob Butterworth
3) George H Sheldon
4) Dee Dee Ritchie
5) Peter Rudy Wallace

Request for Question Clarification by adiloren-ga on 16 May 2006 15:26 PDT
Most of these people seemingly have made no public comments on the
issue. I used multiple search strategies and found nothing. I did find
some info on Butterworth through a Lexis search that may be helpful.
Let me know if this is suitable for an answer to you question.

Bob Butterworth:

Tampa Tribune (Florida)
July 20, 2001

"Tampa wouldn't be the first American city to offer equal benefits to
accommodate gay and unmarried employees.
Dozens of cities from New York to Los Angeles, from Ann Arbor to
Atlanta, offer health benefits to same-sex partners. Domestic partner
laws have withstood judicial scrutiny all the way to the U.S. Supreme
Seven states have laws recognizing domestic partners, and last year,
Vermont became the first state to offer civil unions to same-sex
Brenda Marrero said she hopes her sister's death spurs those changes
in Tampa. But at the same time, Brenda Marrero said her sister
understood her legal status and would have made provisions if that's
what she wanted to do.
Mashburn has not made a claim for the pension, but Brenda Marrero
indicated the family probably will.
"Lois went back to work knowing she had a short time to go before
retirement," Brenda Marrero said. "We knew the pension was a big part
of her decision, and we'd hate to see it go to waste."
Mashburn's lawyer, Daniel Castillo, said his client has not sought any
benefits. But Florida Attorney General Bob Butterworth has awarded her
$25,000 from a crime victims' compensation fund, Castillo said.
"She did not request any of this," he said. "But she is pleased that
people are taking [the] initiative on their own."
But local support for domestic-partner benefits is far from unanimous,
and several people spoke against such a move during Thursday's council

St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
July 22, 2001

"As I write this, gay rights groups are lining up on the left.
Religious groups and various associations of people who think, poor
creatures, that they have a lock on what constitutes proper moral
conduct, are lining up on the right.
The cameras and microphones are setting up. The fax machines are being
checked to make sure they properly send and receive. E-mail addresses
and phone numbers are being verified in advance of the coming campaign
in which a cop who died in the line of duty and the cop who loved her
will be seen either as heroines in a fight for equal rights or emblems
of the nation's continuing slide into the slime of some hellish
I would like to be wrong on this one, but it is hard not to see even
the delivery of that $ 25,000 check from the state's crime victims'
compensation fund by that most political operator, Attorney General
Bob Butterworth, as a calculated act."

Clarification of Question by rniel22-ga on 16 May 2006 16:01 PDT
I was aware of the action Bob Butterworth took with the victim's crime
fund.  While this indicates he might possibly be in support of civil
unions, it is not a direct enough link to really indicate a firm

I thought that Jeb Bush attacked Buddy MacKay in the 1998 governors
race for supporting civil unions but I'm not positive about that.  I
was hoping something on that might be easily found.

Request for Question Clarification by czh-ga on 18 May 2006 17:45 PDT
Hello rniel22-ga,

I've watched several researchers lock this question and then release
it without providing an answer or asking for clarification. It seems
that this should be an easily answerable question. Since this is a
touchy subject, maybe these candidates are just very cautious about
speaking on the record.

Can you provide any more background information about your question?
What is the rationale and context for this grouping or list of
candidates? Researchers are eager to help you with this but we don't
seem to be able to find anything. Any further suggestions?

I look forward to your clarification.

~ czh ~

Clarification of Question by rniel22-ga on 19 May 2006 00:50 PDT
I'm not sure what needs clarification.  I would just like to find
information that shows any of these former candidates stance on civil
unions/gay marriage.  I don't understand how background information on
the question or the rationale for this grouping of candidates would
help find the information if it exists.

There is no answer at this time.

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