As the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday on same-sex marriage, Broward Republican Chairman Tom Truex said the institution should not be changed from the traditional union between one man and one woman.
"I don't want to seem alarmist, but the definition of marriage is one that's held up well for thousands of years, really since the beginning of history. It's not something to change based on this year's polls. It's much more serious. Families are the most basic institution in all of civilization," he said.
He was responding to Democratic Party Chairman Mitch Ceasar, who attempted to put Truex in a political vise by calling the Republican chairman to join him in endorsing same-sex marriage.
Truex, elected Broward Republican leader last week, is well known as a social conservative.
But some national Republicans have urged the party to soften its opposition, something Ceasar sought to capitalize on by writing to Truex that same-sex marriage "is both a legal and a human rights issue."
Truex termed Ceaser's missive a news release. "If I had a serious issue that I wanted a serious reaction from Mr. Ceasar, I would call him," he said.
He warned about what he believes could ultimately happen if the Supreme Court strikes down the definition of marriage as between one man and one woman.
"There are other combinations besides one man and one woman or same-sex marriage that could be under discussion in the future that are not under discussion now," he said.
Asked what those combinations could involve, he said: "Let your imagination run wild. Any combination that is not one man or one woman." Later he said "you could have, besides one man and one woman, you could have several men or several women and that sort of combination."
Read Ceasar's letter and Truex's response at SunSentinel.com/BrowardPolitics.