Michael Schiavo hasn’t lost his fighting spirit!
Schiavo first drew the national spotlight a decade ago, when he began his battle to remove his brain dead wife Terry’s feeding tube. Her parents objected, thus sparking a lengthy court battle that putted Schiavo against the nation’s right-wing conservatives, including Congress’ Republicans, who turned the family matter into a political circus. Michael Schiavo ultimately prevailed.
Well, now he’s back and fighting against Florida’s Amendment 2, which would constitutionally define marriage as between a man and a woman even though same-sex marriage is already prohibited in the Sunshine State. The Amendment reads: “Inasmuch as marriage is the legal union of only one man and one woman as husband and wife, no other legal union that is treated as marriage or the substantial equivalent thereof shall be valid or recognized.” Such a measure would also prevent straight and gay domestic partners from gaining marital benefits, an argument that provides the thrust for Schiavo’s argument.
Saying he’s “troubled” by the Amendment, Schiavo takes on “the same people who thought they knew what was best for my wife, Terry,” who are “once again trying to tell others how to live.” He goes on to say it’s “hard to respect people who only pay lip service to family values. As a former Republican, I think that if the people behind Amendment 2 really cared about legal marriage between husband and wife, they would have respected mine.”