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No marriage amendment on next Florida ballot

[JURIST] Efforts to amend the Florida constitution [text] to ban same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive] have faltered as supporters of an amendment failed to meet a Wednesday deadline to secure enough signatures to put the issue on the November ballot. The Florida Coalition to Protect Marriage [advocacy website] made a last effort this week to get the required 611,009 signatures, but only ended up turning in about 455,000. The group says it will now focus on putting the issue on the 2008 ballot. Florida Gov. Jeb Bush [official website] has indicated that he will consider meeting with state legislatures to discuss whether state law defining marriage needs to be strengthened. AP has more.

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