David Anthony kearns
for Florida House District 53

Every citizen of this country, deserves to be respected under the U.S. Constitution.  That among these rights are those pertaining to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. 

The U.S. Constitution was the first, and perhaps remains, the rare charter for an entire country mentioning "happiness" and the pursuit of it, as a guaranteed right of citizenship.  The first part of the word guaranteed, has as its root "to guard" to preserve, to protect. 

We must guard this right for everyone. The right to pursue a marriage should be protected, for everyone regardless of sexual orientation. The right to adopt, if parents be suitable, should be guarded, for everyone. The Florida legislature is pursuing legislation to allow adoption agencies to deny LGBT couples of suitable means and character, the adoption privilege based on religious convictions. This is wrong. Just as it is wrong to use the interpretation of a religious doctrine as a means to deny employment,  deny housing opportunities, or to harass a fellow citizen. I will fight to protect the rights of all citizens to pursue happiness. In our society the rights were made inviolable, irrevocable, at the founding.