The primary backer of the amendment, Orlando lawyer John Stemberger, discounted these arguments, calling them "a bunch of baloney."
The Florida Supreme Court has ruled that Amendment 2 concerns the "single subject" of marriage, he said. "It will not affect domestic partnerships. ... That is a fraudulent and dishonest argument."
This is a misuse of both the law and of the word "fraudulent." Stemberger must be a great lawyer. I can picture it now...
John Stemberger, Esquire, giving his opening argument in defense of a man accused of murder: "The prosecution's case is a bunch of baloney. The defense rests."
The Jury: "Fire up Old Sparky!"
And there's that part of the Amendment that says:
no other legal union that is treated as marriage or the substantial equivalent thereof shall be valid or recognized.
The "substantial equivalent" language would clearly include domestic partnerships, which are designed to be a substantial equivalent of marriage.