BY BUDDY NEVINS
You have to hand it to Mitch Ceasar. The Democratic chair has a sense of humor.
Ceasar today asked Broward Republican Chair Tom Truex to join him in supporting same sex marriage.
Since he surely knew what the answer would be, it was Ceasar’s way of tweaking the newly-elected Republican leader.
If Ceasar thought he put Truex in a box, the Republican leader quickly worked his way out of it.
Truex parried Ceasar’s e-mail with a light shot at the Democrat. Then he used the opportunity the e-mail provided to outline the Republican position on same sex marriage.
“You call it a letter,” Truex quipped. “I call it a press release. If Mr. Ceasar wants to discuss this, he should call me.”
Truex quickly went on to point out that the Republican platform supports The Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between one man and one woman.
Florida’s Legislature passed a law defining marriage as between one man and one woman in 1997. Voters in 2008 passed a similar constitutional amendment.
The federal Defense of Marriage Act is one of the measures being heard by the U. S. Supreme Court this week.
“The Defense of Marriage Act defines the rights of Floridians to define marriage. Any changes of that (act) should be done by Floridians and not through a court,” Truex said.
“The institution of marriage is something that has been in effect since the beginning of time until now,” he said. “It is not something we should fiddle with.”
Ceasar accomplished three things with his e-mail.
First, he emphasized the Republicans’ problem with same sex marriage in a county that is very favorable towards gays. Second, he strengthened his standing in the gay community, one of the pillars of the Democratic coalition in South Florida.
Three, of course, Ceasar got a little media attention for himself.
Here is Ceasar’s letter to Truex (click to enlarge):