Equality Florida has announced the creation of a new social media campaign intended to stop Florida Governor Rick Scott from appealing a decision that struck down the Sunshine State's ban on same-sex marriage. The campaign calls on the public to upload personal messages of support for marriage equality.
Judge Hinkle has stated that Attorney General Pam Bondi cannot appeal the decision. Then who can appeal? Craig J. Nichols, Florida’s Secretary of Management Services; John H. Armstrong, Florida’s Surgeon General; and Harold Bazzel, Washington County Clerk of Court. Two of the three take orders from Governor Scott and will likely appeal the decision if he tells them to do so.
We need to send the message loud and clear: "Governor Scott, DO NOT appeal the marriage decision."
This is where you help! Make a video telling Governor Scott not to appeal the marriage decision and post it to Facebook/Twitter/Youtube – and use the hashtag #MarriageNow.
Judge Hinkle's decision striking down the marriage ban was one in a succession of rulings out of Florida on same-sex marriage, none of which ruled in favor of the state. Meanwhile, Florida's Attorney General Pam Bondi has been adamant that she intends on enforcing and defending the ban.
Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist has also called on Governor Scott to end his enforcement of the same-sex marriage ban. If Scott does not appeal Judge Hinkle's decision by September 21, the ban will become null and void.
Watch a sample #MarriageNow video, AFTER THE JUMP…