Tax break for maritime industry amendment passes

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) - A Florida constitutional amendment that would
define marriage remains undecided, but another that would give a
property tax break to the state's maritime industry has passed.

Amendment 2 would define marriage as between a man and a woman.
With 98 percent of the expected vote counted, the amendment had
62.1 percent support - just above the 60 percent needed for

Supporters say it would preclude "activist" judges from
allowing gay marriage.

Opponents argue it is unnecessary because there is already a state law banning same-sex marriage and its vague wording would create unintended consequences for gay and straight couples who are part of civil unions.

It was the only citizen-sponsored amendment on the ballot - the
others were placed by the Legislature and a tax commission.

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