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Judge tosses ‘Religious Freedom’ amendment from 2012 ballot

By | 12.14.11 | 1:10 pm

Judge Terry Lewis today ruled that a proposed amendment to Florida’s constitution that would repeal a ban on taxpayer funding for religious institutions is deceptive and must be rewritten before it can appear on the state’s 2012 ballot.

GOP lawmaker’s bill would recommend HPV vaccine for young girls

By | 12.07.11 | 12:01 pm

State. Sen. Thad Altman, R-Melbourne, has filed legislation that would urge parents to give young girls HPV vaccines upon entering the sixth grade.

(Pic by Brian Stansberry)

Proposed ‘Religious Freedom’ amendment could complicate separation of church and state

By | 06.30.11 | 5:10 pm

An amendment repealing an existing ban on state funding for religious institutions in the state constitution is slated to appear on Florida’s 2012 ballot. The controversial amendment is being promoted as a way to ensure “religious freedom” in the state, but the religious community is divided on whether the amendment will ensure religious freedom or threaten its sovereignty.

State Rep. Scott Plakon, R-Longwood (Pic by Meredith Geddings)

Archbishop of Miami defends ‘Religious Freedom’ amendment

By | 06.21.11 | 1:35 pm

Set to appear on Florida’s 2012 ballot: an amendment that would repeal language in the state constitution that bans using public money to fund religious organizations. Opponents of the amendment say it would break down an important wall between church and state. Proponents such as Thomas Wenski, the archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Miami, claim the Legislature is ending a law that discriminates against Catholics.

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