Thrice-married FL GOP Att. Gen. says gays have unstable families

Oh the irony.  Conservative Republican Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi opposes giving gay couples the right to marry because, among other reasons, she worries about the “stability” of gay couples.

This, from a woman who’s on her third marriage. Well, I should say, her third marriage-ish.

Bondi’s first two marriages lasted under-two years and five years, respectively. But at least they were “real” marriages. Bondi’s most recent marriage was reportedly “an unofficial (non-binding) ceremony in the Cayman Islands.”

Yes, Florida’s great defender of traditional marriage is alleged to have an untraditional marriage-lite from the place people go to hide their bank accounts.

Florida's Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi

Florida’s Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi

The Tampa Bay Times quotes Bondi’s response to a pro-gay-marriage lawsuit in Florida:

“The promotion of family continuity and stability is a legitimate state interest,” she wrote. “Florida’s marriage laws, then, have a close, direct, and rational relationship to society’s legitimate interest in increasing the likelihood that children will be born to and raised by the mothers and fathers who produced them in stable and enduring family units.”

And lest anyone worry that perhaps Bondi’s three, sorry, two-and-a-half marriages were due to her first two husbands’ sudden tragic deaths, the Miami Times reports that Bondi is twice divorced.

So how exactly does Bondi’s third not-quite-marriage work if she and the beau ever have kids? Contraception isn’t 100%, though being a good Christian we assume that Bondi and her not-quite-husband spend their free time playing pinochle.


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    Wouldn’t it be great if all her mail started being addressed to “Thrice-married adulteress Atty. Gen. Pam Bondi”

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  • bpollen

    Yeah, when hetero marriages are hovering around a 50% divorce rate, they are hardly shining examples of family stability. A loving and caring household is what children need, and loving and caring is something humans do. It’s not a hetero-only capacity.

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    At least she made ONE decision I can get behind!

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  • John Masters

    I don’t think Bondi is particularly religious, beyond any political expediency. She’s just all about herself and her political career. She thought this case, and the subsequent brief would give her street cred in a few years when she runs for governor. I don’t think she expected anyone to actually to read it, nor the resulting blowback.

  • John Masters

    Oh JaneE, you just don’t get it do you. If people can get gay or lesbian married, it’s so great that all the people in straight marriages will immediately divorce so they can all marry the person they really love…which is, apparently, always someone of the same sex.

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    Which I believe, biblically, requires that she be stoned.

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    “The fundamental argument of our brief is that the voters had the right to adopt this definition of marriage…”, but that’s not the only argument you make in the brief honey. And you didn’t make good faith legal arguments. You made arguments unrelated to the issue at hand, and you made others which are not supported by any facts. So, please, stop with the righteous indignation.

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  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    That is what I said, when I said this: “the Florida Constitution has to work within the parameters of the U.S. Constitution and by prohibiting marriage equality, they’re not doing that.”

  • Stev84

    Technically yes, but if she willfully defies the federal constitution in blind obedience to the state constitution (which are frequently wrong and messed up), she is still doing it wrong.

  • gratuitous

    Heck, by this time next year, your marriage will have out-lasted all of Bondi’s official marriages combined.

  • lynchie

    To greedy and too self centered.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    The last one is a ‘not really marriage’ because it was never registered with any legal authority, not even the gov’t of the Cayman Islands where it took place.

    By any legal definition, Bondi is merely shacked-up with her current boyfriend.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    Actually her job is to uphold the Florida constitution. The point of the lawsuit is probably that the Florida Constitution has to work within the parameters of the U.S. Constitution and by prohibiting marriage equality, they’re not doing that.. Perhaps one of our lawyers can explain this better, because I may be missing the point by a mile.

  • Stev84

    And now she is playing the victim, saying she is the one attacked and insulted:
    http://www.myfloridalegal.com/newsrel.nsf/newsreleases/255DE0BD237D646D85257CEB00839C1F

    Pure stupidity. She also doesn’t understand her job. Her job is to uphold the US Constitution. Not to defend “the will of the people”.

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  • FLL

    Oh, that’s right. Charlie Christ served as governor from 2007 through 2010. But the world was a different place back then, and the mainstream media was very “don’t ask, don’t tell” about the private lives of politicians. That closeted world is forever gone, so I can’t see how Charlie Christ could expect the media to play by the old closeted rules. Charlie Christ as governor again? In 2014? Well, that should be interesting. ;) Bloggers, anyone?

  • Richard

    Republicans never see the hypocrisy in their utterly asinine statements.

  • Peter

    My husband and I have been together since we met in 2003, unfortunately we were only able to get married in 2013 after DOMA and Prop 8 fell by the wayside. But we have been together as a couple way longer than this blonde bimbo.

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  • Bubbles

    I find republican concern about families to be crocodile tears.

    Republican economic policies have impoverished tens of millions of families – destroyed there way of life.

    But it’s not just the families they’ve destroyed, it is also the families never made. Young people are putting off marriage for want of employment, and if they finally do get married, they put off having children, if they have children at all.

    The worst thing that ever happened to the concept of families is the concept of the Republican party and all their policies.

    So concern for the family over gay marriage seems absurd to say the least. Fix the economy, create jobs, and watch families bloom and grow.

  • Moderator3

    Two and a half.

  • Stev84

    Though maybe not at Melissa Etheridge. She is one her third big relationship too. Though of course unlike Bondie she doesn’t pretend to be a paragon of virtue and doesn’t tell other people who to live their lives.

  • Stev84

    Three marriages and she never procreated.

  • dcinsider

    Bravo!

  • dcinsider

    Bless her heart. Isn’t she just precious?

  • HeartlandLiberal

    My wife and I have been married for 50 years. For some reason, I do not lie awake fearing the gay agenda of all our gay friends will rip us asunder.

    Instead, we have in the past year been able to celebrate with one couple who drove all the way to the east coast to a state they could be legally married in.

    They celebrated afterwards by eating at a Chick Fil A restaurant, giggling through the whole meal like giddy school girls. Soon, the way court cases are going, their marriage will have to be recognized here in Indiana. About *())(& time.

    In my old age, I find my patience with stupidity like that of the GOP and NOM and all their ilk has completely evaporated. I have nothing but scorn and disdain for them. They define the meaning of hypocrisy in the early 21st century.

  • cole3244

    and i thought the stepford wives had been cancelled.

  • 2karmanot

    Amen to that brother!

  • JaneE

    I would tend to agree that it is in the state’s interest to have stable families, especially when children are involved, but how does restricting marriage to a man and woman do this? Almost all of the broken families in this country started out as marriages between one man and one woman. And just how is allowing gay marriage going to undermine the stability of heterosexual marriages? If allowing gays to marry is all it takes to destroy a marriage, there wasn’t much of a marriage to start with.

    The only good news is that when you have an irrational position, trying to defend your reasoning only demonstrates how truly irrational it is. Good luck trying to show how Florida’s (or any state’s) marriage laws increase the likelihood that children will be raised in stable family units or by the parents who produced them. Only if the alternative is not allowing marriage at all.

  • benb

    I married my husband in 2008 which means my ONLY marriage has lasted longer than any of Ms. Bondi’s. If she’s willing to pay, I’d do lunch with her and offer some insight into why my marriage has lasted when hers have failed. I think the biggest threat to Marriage is the idea one can Marry and Divorce, Marry and Divorce, Marry and Divorce….

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  • 2patricius2

    Lots of people save stuff they eventually end up throwing away…

  • HarpoSnarx

    Isn’t ironic when Gooper slags point that thar trigger finger of misdirection and judgement.

  • pappyvet

    I am not sure about this person in particular but the problem with many who exhibit this level of hypocrisy is that they believe they are “saved.” I’ve always looked at the term as being something akin to god’s leftovers. But they seem to put a lot of stock in it.

  • Indigo

    Fair enough, you’re very kind to her. I doubt anybody knows what she actually thinks, she sticks to the script with surprising ease.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Anita Bryant style? Absolutely.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    I’d agree with you, except that it does take a few neurons to pass the bar exam. I think your initial analysis is more accurate: She knows the Tea Bagger script and will happily parrot it without thinking about it.

    There’s a difference between “not bright” because one is intellectually lacking and the “not bright” of simply not caring.

  • Indigo

    I like what you say but hypocrisy requires understanding and intent; Pam isn’t that bright.

  • Indigo

    Like many androids, she doesn’t actively process in an intellectual way the words she speaks. Pam simply recites her script just the way her Tea-Party Masters write them.

  • Indigo

    And then we bring Charlie back onto the stage. That’ll be fun.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Pam Bondi. Two marriages and a current live-in relationship with a 60 year old boyfriend. No children. Most fundamentalist Christians would define her current relationship as adulterous cohabitation.

    I won’t even give her credit for being married due to that Cayman Islands ceremony, because otherwise she’d be bound to recognize the religious ceremonial marriage my wife and I had back in December 1998 — fifteen and a half years ago — and we know how likely that would be. A religious marriage because that was the only such marriage recognition available to us back then, not because we lacked the guts to make a commitment.

    I daresay this defines all the other same sex marriages over the last two generations: Commitment, despite the lack of legal recognition, quite often lasting for many decades until ‘death do us part.’ Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin come to mind.

    It isn’t “ironic” for Bondi to speak out against gay marriage and to claim it’s bad for kids because gay relationships aren’t “stable.”

    It’s blatant hypocrisy. Not to mention totally at odds with logic and facts.

    You want to encourage stable families? Provide legal protections for them. Including the families that’ll never be hetero no matter how long you hold your homophobic breath, Ms. Bondi, and stomp your little Prada heels.

    You want to keep hetero couples from breaking up? Go ahead, do the logical thing and ban divorce — but be prepared for skyrocketing rates of abandonment, bastardy, and domestic abuse.

  • DanInHouston

    My husband and I celebrate 30 years together next month. Our Christian Church wedding of course was not allowed to be recognized here in the south. She is a BAD joke! I prefer my Christian morals to hers! Did she have any children yet?

  • pappyvet

    Third marriage , Cayman Islands, GOP , wants to sound as if she knew anything about stability?

    My late husband Charlie and I spent our youth together. Built a life together and loved together. Our life crossed a span of time that began before this person was born. We marched together ,we slept and laughed together. We watched helplessly as many of our friends died of a plague that the government’s answer to was a 50.000 dollar grant to research aspirin. We wept together. If there is instability in this world it is from cheap cowards like this who could not have gained the moral authority to loosen my dear Charlie’s shoe laces.

  • Thom Allen

    “Florida’s marriage laws, then, have a close, direct, and rational relationship to society’s legitimate interest in increasing the
    likelihood that children will be born to and raised by the mothers and fathers who produced them in stable and enduring family units.” If Florida REALLY has an interest in having children raised by their biologic parents, then the state should prohibit married couples with children from divorcing. That doesn’t seem to be part of Florida’s (or Bondi’s) agenda. Pammie, did you know that we soon might have a problem with overpopulation, especially as the Atlantic Ocean rises and submerges more of Florida? Because of that, perhaps it’s in Florida’s best interest to prevent births.

    And “family units”? Really? Family UNITS? As in “I now pronounce you Unit and Unit”? How many of those hetero family units have at least one unit who is a child abuser? How many units have their little units taken from them because of any one of a number of possible reasons like neglect, abandonment, endangerment? How many units give their newborn units up for adoption? How many units are single-unit parents? Shouldn’t Florida prohibit units from giving over their units to adoption agencies and force single-unit families to marry the unit who fathered the little unit(s)?

    Shouldn’t you be worried about what’s best for the PEOPLE of Florida? Or has the state been made a person like corporations have been? I’m not sure that the government of Florida is necessarily looking out for what’s best for it’s citizens. Especially with the likes of Bondi and Scott involved.

  • Hue-Man

    I love self-fulfilling prophecies: Gay marriages are unstable, therefore we have to make sure that they can never exist!

  • douglas01

    Stability? My partner and I will celebrate 25 years in September. Match that bitch !

  • woodroad34

    Those who can’t do, preach.

  • FLL

    It would be so gratifying to see GOP Florida governor Rick Scott and his menagerie (including Pam Bondi) thrown out of office this November, as I suspect they will be. GOP gubernatorial reelection campaigns tend to do better in midterm years like this one, when liberals vote less often. However, antipathy for Rick Scott is running high here in Florida, and the wildly popular Amendment 2 (legalizing medical marijuana) may bring out the progressive vote to an even greater degree. I would love to conclude that Rick Scott and Pam Bondi are doooooooomed.

  • bluevistas

    don’t expect congruence from most people. It’s hard!

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    My late husband and I were together for 28 years. I couldn’t bring myself to date until almost two years after his death.

  • bkmn

    1. I wonder how many football players she gave blowjobs to at at the back of the bus.
    2. Has she applied to Fox yet?

  • http://buddybest.tripod.com/index.html BuddyNovinski

    As a misogamist, I would NEVER call any marriages unstable, even though no marriage is more stable.

  • kingstonbears

    She wants to see stability. My husband and I celebrated 30 years together last week. Want to see stability? Take a look at gay couples.

  • Elijah Shalis

    Who cares about Florida, it will all be under water soon. We just have to not let any of the citizens into other states.

  • lynchie

    Well she would certainly know what is stable wouldn’t she. What a typical right wing, religious ass hole. Here is an interesting map showing where the divorce rate by state is the highest.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/04/us-divorce-rate_n_4184261.html

    Four cities in Florida are in the top 10 in the country and one is #1 in the country.

  • keirmeister

    This is when name-calling is appropriate. Bondi is clearly trying to legitimize her bigotry through the veil of “legitimate state interest.” But if The State has such an interest in family stability, why does she not advocate for more restrictive policies for herself?

    Bondi is a hypocrite and a bigot, and should be called both whenever possible.

  • caphillprof

    The woman needs a cream pie wake up call.

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