BIG NEWS: Amendment 7 Thrown Off Ballot

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Posted on December 14, 2011 - 1:40pm by mallory.

Big news out of Tallahassee today. Leon County Judge Terry Lewis has removed Amendment 7 from the 2012 ballot. The amendment, put on the ballot by the Republican controlled legislature, would have lifted the prohibition on state money going to religious institutions. 

Supporters of the amendment said it was to repeal a law based in anti-Catholic bigotry. Opponents of the amendment said it would have been used to give state money to private, religious based schools. The amendment would have also opened the door to LGBT discrimination throughout the state, including in areas where protections exist. 

Judge Lewis threw the amendment out in a response to a lawsuit brought forward by the Florida Education Association. The amendment could still go on the ballot, however. The judge ruled that Attorney General Pam Bondi should be able to rewrite the ballot summary and then send it to voters.

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Robert Prather (not verified) says:

December 14, 2011 - 1:57pm

Awesome news. Both religious and non-religious people should be happy when the separation of church and state is upheld -- this is integral to protecting the freedoms afforded by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.



Mike Ferlita (not verified) says:

December 14, 2011 - 2:08pm

It amazes me to see how anxious right-wingers are to see Christian churches receive taxpayer money, but at the same time don't want these same Christian churches to pay any taxes.



Christopher William Carman (not verified) says:

December 14, 2011 - 2:13pm

There is no such thing as the seperation of church and state in any founding father documents. I am all for no government money AT ALL going to any school...but as long as there are state run government backed schools kids attend I say all schools (parochial,religious,charter and yes government schools) should be allowed to get money from the state as long as they do not need to follow government strick guidelines to accept the money.
Oh and Republicans did not make the rules as most state legislatures have been Democratically run forever...Republicans have not made many of the rules we just live by the ones Dems placed into law long long ago when they were the party of the good people and not the liberal left extremist communists of today.



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