2016 WAVE Awards Spotlight: John Morgan

By : Billy Manes
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There is no escaping John Morgan, but there is John Morgan escaping. The billboard and television advertising caricature of Morgan is much like the actual character of the man: He is for the people, he is a liberal, he does play with the big dogs. When we caught up with him to talk about his WAVE, though, he was in Maui having the time of his life.

“I don’t spend that much time in court these days,” he’ll admit. But his third son just passed the Bar Exam, so he has plenty of backup. These days, Morgan is pushing for a personal cause – specifically medical marijuana – and making quite a bit of noise in Florida’s relatively conservative voting base. In 2014, Morgan and his associated advocacy group United for Care barely missed passage of Amendment 2, a measure that would have made cannabis available by prescription for those suffering with debilitating diseases. He received substantial criticism from naysayers when the measure first crossed the transom, not the least of which came from Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.

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Equality Florida, ACLU target overturning Amendment 2

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In 2008, more than 60% of Florida voters approved a constitutional amendment that prevents same-sex marriages from being performed or recognized in the Sunshine State. But after rulings from the U.S. Supreme Court in June declared a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional and dismissed Proposition 8 in California, Floridians are hopeful that someday marriage equality could arrive in our state.

A lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Florida’s marriage ban may be the most viable option, but according to Equality Florida, that option must be pursued with care.

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Gov. Scott: Supreme Court ruling doesn’t change things in FL

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Florida governor Rick Scott is sounding off on the United States Supreme Court rulings striking down DOMA and dismissing Prop 8, saying that Amendment 2, Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage, still holds strong.

“In 2008, Florida voters amended our constitution and said that we are a traditional marriage state, that marriage is between a man and a woman,” Scott told reporters after the decision was announced. “As the governor of this state, I’ll uphold the law of the land, and that’s the law of our state.”

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