Lakeland, Florida (PRWEB) December 01, 2014
UPDATES: In Jan. 06, 2015 Order of The Court, Watts' motion for leave to file an *amended* Amicus Curiae brief - replacing his timely 11/21/2014 brief on 11th Cir. appeals court docket - was GRANTED. On Jan. 23, 2015, Watts asked U.S. Supreme Court for leave to file an amicus pro se. Court, by phone, indicated it would return documents for failing to follow proper protocol; on Feb. 14, 2015, and subsequently, on Mar. 01, 2015, Watts resubmits this request with proper protocol, as more thoroughly outlined on front-page news of The Register. (Documents on the right)
The Florida Law, which defines "marriage" as '1 man and 1 woman,' and which was passed by voters in 2008 by an addition to the State Constitution, by almost a 62% supermajority vote, was invalidated by a Federal Judge in North Florida this past August. Register Editor, Gordon W. Watts, who, several years ago, lost a 4-3 split decision on behalf of Theresa 'Terri' Schiavo, has been allowed to file an Amicus Curiae brief in the high-profile "Florida Gay Marriage" case, currently being appealed in the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in Atlanta, GA. Watts, a nonlawyer, whose only college training is in the sciences (B.S., Biological/Chemical Sciences, FSU, double major with honours; A.S. Valedictorian in Electronics Technology from The United Electronics Institute) has filed papers in support of the controversial Florida Law. Watts uses a novel 'Equal Protection' argument that strongly argues for either upholding the Florida Law or, in the unlikely alternative, making polygamy (plural marriages) legal. For complete coverage of this issue, including Watts' filings, please see The Register's research page:
Court documents, technically, are available to the public -but at a charge; The Register is hosting these court filings as an 'Open Source' service for the interested public. Watts' brief, while strongly defending the Florida Law, is unique in all the Amici briefs on the state's side, insofar as it seeks to offer relief to those who claim damage from the Florida Law -without sacrificing either the definition of marriage as '1 man and 1 woman,' as is currently the law -or compromising the morals of those whose religious beliefs are in agreement with the popular Florida Law.
Mr. Watts was a high-profile litigant in the recent 'Terri Schiavo' lawsuit, almost winning in court on her behalf:
In Re: GORDON WAYNE WATTS (as next friend of THERESA MARIE 'TERRI' SCHIAVO), No. SC03-2420 (Fla. Feb.23, 2003), denied 4-3 on rehearing. (Watts got 42.7% of his panel) http://www.floridasupremecourt.org/clerk/dispositions/2005/2/03-2420reh.pdf
In Re: JEB BUSH, GOVERNOR OF FLORIDA, ET AL. v. MICHAEL SCHIAVO, GUARDIAN: THERESA SCHIAVO, No. SC04-925 (Fla. Oct.21, 2004), denied 7-0 on rehearing. (Bush got 0.0% of his panel before the same court) http://www.floridasupremecourt.org/clerk/dispositions/2004/10/04-925reh.pdf
Schiavo ex rel. Schindler v. Schiavo ex rel. Schiavo, 403 F.3d 1223, 2005 WL 648897 (11th Cir. Mar.23, 2005), denied 2-1 on appeal. (Terri Schiavo's own blood family only got 33.3% of their panel on the Federal Appeals level) http://media.ca11.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/files/200511556.pdf