Last Call for 11.30.22 — A prime-time read of what’s going down in Florida politics

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Last Call — A prime-time read of what’s going down in Florida politics.

First Shot

With the Respect for Marriage Act now on its way to the U.S. House, State Sen. Shevrin Jones is commending federal lawmakers for getting the legislation past its first major hurdle.

The bill passed 61-36 Tuesday, with unanimous support from the Democratic caucus, plus 12 Republicans. The legislation, which now awaits a vote in the House, would require individual states to recognize other states’ legal marriages.

“This is a historic moment for millions of Americans, and I am glad that a strong, bipartisan coalition of Senators supported this important legislation,” said Jones, a Black man and the first openly gay member of the Florida Senate. “All marriages ought to be recognized and respected, no matter who you love, and it is deeply distressing that our two U.S. Senators from Florida apparently disagree.”

The Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision from the U.S. Supreme Court this summer forced extra urgency on lawmakers who wanted to protect same-sex and interracial marriage. With Roe v. Wade now overturned, some wonder whether the Court could strike Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized same-sex marriage.

If the Court does overturn Obergefell, the legislation would act as a backstop, even though it doesn’t legalize same-sex marriage itself.

“We saw this summer that we cannot take any legal precedent for granted, especially as extreme state legislatures and jurists attack our most fundamental rights,” Jones continued. “With the U.S. House of Representatives set to vote on this legislation next week, we are one step closer to ensuring that true marriage equality is protected nationwide.”

Evening Reads

—“Just wait until you get to know Ron DeSantis” via Mark Leibovich of The Atlantic

—“‘Blueprint’ for 2024? DeSantis pens book on going after ‘entrenched elites’ as presidential speculation swirls” via Andrew Murray and Paul Steinhauser of Fox News

—“‘Average’ hurricane season brought death, mayhem to Florida” via Kevin Spear of the Orlando Sentinel

—“Andrew Warren suspension trial Day Two: Tucker Carlson, George Soros and Twitter” via Gray Rohrer of Florida Politics

—“Watchdog wants DeSantis’ office held in contempt over unreleased migrant flight records” via Mary Ellen Klas of the Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau

—“DeSantis says he isn’t ready to cut Disney a break” via A.G. Gancarski of Florida Politics

—“The quiet maneuvering that delivered Jeffries the top House Dem spot” via Sarah Ferris and Nicholas Wu of POLITICO

—“Meet the legal nerd who MAGA bigwigs are turning to for help” via Kyle Cheney of POLITICO

—“Two neighboring counties. Two mass shootings. The same gun.” via Karl Etters of the Tallahassee Democrat

—“Christian Caban names Allison Richards, daughter of late Commissioner, as top aide” via Renzo Downey of Florida Politics

—“Wayne Ivey: Students no longer fear getting ‘a — cheeks’ ‘torn off’, need new discipline policy” via Christie Zizo of Click Orlando

—“UF QB Jalen Kitna arrested on child pornography charges” via Edgar Thompson of the Orlando Sentinel

—“No, Disney isn’t promoting Satan in ‘The Santa Clauses’” via Ciara O’Rourke of PolitiFact

Quote of the Day

“They brought this upon themselves. All we did was stand up for what was right. And yes, they’re a big, powerful company, but you know what? We stand up for our folks and I don’t care what a Burbank-based California company says about our laws.”

— Gov. Ron DeSantis responding to regretful comments from returned Disney CEO Bob Iger.

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