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Bondi defends stances on gay marriage, medical marijuana

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Monday night Pam Bondi was surrounded by supporters at a Pinellas County Republican meeting in Clearwater Monday night. But outside those walls, she's surrounded by some very divisive political issues.

Outside the meeting, a handful of protestors waited for her arrival.

"For me it's for the marriage equality issue going on," said Nicholas DeLeon.

"I just find it incredibly hypocritical that Attorney General Bondi can say it will cause public harm to allow marriage equality and she believes in traditional marriage when she herself has had three. I just want one," he said.

"That's so below the belt,” Bondi responded. “I'm not going to talk about anything regarding my person life. This has nothing to do with my personal life This has to do with the Attorney General of the State of Florida. I was sworn to uphold the constitution, and Florida voters, eight years ago by over 60 percent, voted this into our constitution. It's my job as attorney general to defend it," Bondi said.

Four court rulings in Florida have declared the gay marriage ban unconstitutional.

Bondi appealed, but now she's saying Florida should stop fighting at the state level and leave it to the highest court.

"The U.S. Supreme Court will be the body who make this decision. Then we'll have uniformity through the country," she said.

On medical marijuana, Bondi again faces an issue that's increasingly popular among voters. She challenged the ballot language, but ultimately it will appear in front of voters in November.

"Do I want to hurt someone in a wheelchair? Do I want to hurt an oncology patient? Of course not, I just lost my dad to leukemia. That's not what this is about. I'm doing my job," Bondi said.

Bondi is up for re-election. Political editor Craig Patrick says her stance on these issues could make or break her run for a second term.

"It all depends on who turns out on election day, and how much that particular issue will drive voting behavior," he said.

 

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