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JACKSONVILLE -- A state constitutional ban on same-sex marriages will soon go before the Legislature and voters for approval if the state's Southern Baptists get their way.

The Florida Baptist Convention, which holds its 150th annual meeting Monday and Tuesday in Jacksonville, is expected to call for the passage of a state constitutional amendment upholding the "biblical definition'' of marriage between one man and one woman.

"We're going to begin some type of process of saying we want to see a state marriage amendment similar to what was passed in other states this election,'' said the Rev. Tommy Green, pastor of First Baptist Church in Brandon and the outgoing president of the 1 million-member convention.

On Election Day, voters in 11 states approved bans on same-sex marriages.

The amendments passed in Mississippi, Montana and Oregon referred only to marriage, specifying that it should be limited to unions between one man and one woman. The measures in Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma and Utah called for a ban on civil unions as well. And on Friday, the Texas Board of Education approved new health textbooks that define marriage as a "lifelong union'' between a man and woman.

State Sen. Stephen Wise predicted the Legislature would be receptive to the Baptists' aims.


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