Looks like Anita “Fruite Pie” Bryant’s dreams of a Florida comeback may again be shattered.
Gov. Charlie Crist continues to ride high job approval ratings, according to a new poll from Quinnipiac University, but the luck’s not as good for the ballot amendment he supports — the measure to ban gay marriages.
Florida voters are satisfied with the governor’s performance, with 61 percent saying they have a favorable view of Crist, compared to 25 percent who say he’s doing a poor job. But he isn’t on the ballot this year and the proposal on the November ballot to enshrine in the state Constitution a definition that marriage is between a man and a woman falls short of the 60 percent approval threshold.
Voters support Amendment 2 by 55-41 percent, with Republicans favoring it 76-21 percent while Democrats oppose it 51-45 percent.
It seems Florida has a more reasonable process for constitutional amendments, requiring a 60% threshold rather than the 50%+1 vote threshold we have in Colorado. In addition, their signature requirements are more in line with those proposed by Referendum O, and clearly that was no impediment for getting this particular “grass-roots” initiative on the ballot.
For those who don’t get the “fruit pie” reference, or for those who just want to enjoy the memory…