Judge: State position is contradictory in Florida homosexual adoption case

“ACLU Urges Florida Appellate Court To Affirm Ruling Striking Florida Law Barring Gay People From Adopting”

Florida: Students sent home for anti-Islam t-shirts

Fla. students sent home over for shirts on Islam

“Fla. gay adoption ban goes to appeals court”

Understanding the legal challenge to Florida’s ban on homosexual adoption

Florida: Police nab underage strip club dancers in Cocoa

Michelle Winkler is Cleared of Civil Contempt Charge in Santa Rosa County Prayer Case

    Liberty Counsel: “After a 7½ hour hearing in federal court, federal District Judge Casey Rodgers told Michelle Winkler that she would not be held in civil contempt over her husband’s prayer at an awards banquet. Ms. Winkler, who is a clerical assistant for the Santa Rosa County School District, is represented by Liberty Counsel. Senior Litigation Counsel Horatio Mihet and David Corry defended Winkler against the ACLU last Friday.”


  • Posted: 08/24/2009
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.lc.org

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Florida: Planned Parenthood to start offering abortions in Naples next month

AARP Health Care Debate Gets Rowdy In Brevard

    WFTV.com: “More than 300 Brevard County residents packed the Senior Resource Center in Viera. A resounding majority of them told the AARP they did not want the so-called ‘public option,’ where the federal government provides an insurance plan to compete with the private sector.”


  • Posted: 08/19/2009
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.wftv.com

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$10 donation to ACLU to strengthen chapters in the South

    San Diego Union Tribune: “Qualcomm founder Irwin Jacobs and his wife Joan have donated $10 million to the American Civil Liberties Union that will fund civil liberties work in other parts of the country and contribute to expanding the work of the local chapter in San Diego. The gift by the well-known philanthropists is the third-largest received by the ACLU in a massive, $335 million national campaign. Two other donations of $12 million have also been pledged to the drive, the largest campaign in the organization’s history.”


  • Posted: 08/14/2009
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www3.signonsandiego.com

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Newspaper officials arrested for escort ads

    OneNewsNow: “Pat Trueman, special counsel with the Alliance Defense Fund, believes is targeting the papers who advertised the escort services. ‘This is important because anybody who is either committing a crime or conspiring to commit a crime or aiding the commission of a crime is equally liable,’ he contends. ‘So, a newspaper that is willfully advertising for prostitution should get the same penalties as the pimp, for example.’”


  • Posted: 08/13/2009
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  • Category: Uncategorized
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  • Source: www.onenewsnow.com

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Florida newspaper indicted over sex ads

Fla. residents take stand against ACLU

    Fox10tv.com: “Residents of one Northwest Florida town are pulling together to take a stand against the ACLU. Robert Smith helped organize a defense fund for three Santa Rosa County school employees, after they were charged with defying a federal judge’s order against prayer in schools.”


  • Posted: 08/11/2009
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.fox10tv.com

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Fla. “Gay-Straight Alliance allowed to meet at Yulee High”

Runaway Ohio teen who left Islam for Christianity fears returning home

Florida: Fund backs Frank Lay’s legal bills

Orlando Considers Restricting Where Adult Businesses Can Open

Paper Profiles Principal Facing Contempt Charges Over Prayer

“In God We Trust” Proposal Withdrawn By City Commission In Florida

Saucy ads in Florida paper lead to arrests

Florida: Sen. Martinez to resign by end of the month

New Study on Florida Tax Credit Scholarships

ACLU receives large gift to help end Florida’s “gay adoption” ban

New Iqbal Pleading Standard Leads To Dismissal of Part of School-Music Lawsuit

Criminal Contempt Charges Unsealed In Santa Rosa School Prayer Case

Church wins lawsuit over park use

    OneNewsNow: “‘A Christian church was kicked out of a public park, a park that’s been a public park since before the founding of the nation. They were kicked out of this public park because theywere attracting undesirables,’ [Blomberg] explains. ‘What was happening was that the church was holding picnics there as part of a Bible study they were doing, and some homeless people were coming and participating in the picnics because the picnics were open to the public.’”


  • Posted: 08/05/2009
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  • Category: ADF in the News
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  • Source: www.onenewsnow.com

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Gotta Get a Get: Maryland and Florida Should Adopt Get Statutes

    Journal of Law and Policy: “In Part II, this Note surveys the different forms of legislation that have been proposed in Florida (Removal of Religious Barriers to Remarriage) and Maryland (Equitable Distribution Law), and discusses why these types of statutes are necessary in both states.”


  • Posted: 08/05/2009
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  • Category: Religious Liberty

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“Florida’s Other Marriage Amendment”

ACLU Asks Florida Court To Protect The Rights Of Pregnant Women To Refuse Medical Care

Church’s ban from Plaza Ferdinand nears end

    Pensacola News Journal: “‘Christian groups shouldn’t be banned from public parks for engaging in faith-based activities,’ said Alliance attorney Daniel Blomberg. ‘We commend the city for agreeing to scrap its profoundly unconstitutional access policy for the park and recognizing the church’s right to meet there and minister to the community through food and fellowship.’”


  • Posted: 08/03/2009
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  • Category: ADF in the News
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  • Source: www.pnj.com

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City of Pensacola relents, public park now open for church picnics

Florida mothers suing over religious-themed songs

FL: Gov. Crist appears to soften stance on same-sex adoption

FL: Christian group’s billboards denounce separation of church, state

Florida: “Legal Documents In ACLU Challenge To Gay Adoption Ban Made Public”

Florida: “Two gay couples fight over custody of child;” Natural father deemed sperm donor only

“Miami judge who struck gay adoption ban demoted”

Miami: Schools to preach the dangers of ‘sexting’

    Kathleen McGrory reports in the Miami Herald: “The Miami-Dade school district wants to be a national leader in combating teenage ‘sexting,’ the practice of sending sexy or nude photos over a cellphone. On Thursday, Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said he would like to work with government and law enforcement agencies to develop a cutting-edge School Board policy — and preach the dangers of sending racy pictures.”


  • Posted: 07/10/2009
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.miamiherald.com

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Dave Cortman on “Drive Time with Bill Bunkley”: Censorship of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Christian Educators in Santa Rosa County Fight Back Against the ACLU

Law school pays students to stay away

Florida: ACLU bills Santa Rosa County schools for legal expenses

Fla. ACLU publishes guide for pregnant teens

Florida: Manatee strip club worker injured in brawl

Florida: “Holy Land free day still a mystery”

    Orlando Sentinel:

    Holy Land Experience doesn’t want you to know when it schedules its required free day each year out of concern over a possible “uncontrollable situation.” . . .

    Holy Land, owned by Trinity Broadcasting Network, is required to drop its normal $35 ticket price and offer free admission one day each year in exchange for a property-tax exemption that saves it about $300,000 annually, according to a 2006 state law designed to guarantee the exemption.

    Hat tip: Religion Clause Blog


  • Posted: 06/30/2009
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  • Category: Religious Liberty

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Ave Maria Law School Claims Ministerial Exception

ACLU: “Child Advocacy Groups Urge Florida Appeals Court To Strike Gay Adoption Ban”

    ACLU: “The most respected Florida and national children’s health, welfare and legal advocacy groups filed seven friend-of-the-court briefs before a Florida appeals court Monday urging the court to strike down a Florida law barring lesbians and gay men from adopting. The briefs were filed in support of an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit that resulted in a Florida juvenile court judge striking down the law and granting the adoptions of two brothers to a gay man who has been raising the boys with his partner for more than four years.”


  • Posted: 06/23/2009
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.aclu.org

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VBS shut out of community flyer distribution

“Will Florida recognize same-sex adoptions from other states?”

Florida: Schools’ legal fees top $450,000 in prayer suit

Religion heats debate for new Florida turnpike interchange

Florida: ‘Cheetah’ strip club now out of business for drugs, prostitution

Church sues Florida school board over flyer policy

Fla. school district singles out church VBS fliers for censorship

    Alliance Defense Fund attorneys filed suit in federal court Tuesday after the Collier County School Board rejected a church’s attempt to participate in a flier distribution program open to other community groups. The board refused to allow Cypress Wood Presbyterian Church to advertise its upcoming Vacation Bible School because of the religious nature of the event even though the school district has allowed fliers from other religious and non-religious community groups.


  • Posted: 06/18/2009
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  • Category: ADF in the News

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Florida: Man shot, wounded at Pinellas Park strip club parking lot

FL: Strip club proposal in North Bay Village sparks debate

City Of Miami Passes Domestic Partner Ordinance

Pace students pray in spite of graduation controversy

ADF represents Jay Teacher in discrimination case

77 Suspects Arrested on Child Pornography Charges in Florida, 5 Young Victims Rescued

“Fla. high court won’t block state bar’s brief in gay-adoption case”

Students, legal groups stand against anti-religious court order

ACLU threatens, students still recite prayer

Fla. school district agrees to grant Christian clubs equal treatment

Students rebel at graduation against the ACLU’s bullying tactics

ACLU picks on school district, eventually loses

    David Cortman, senior legal counsel with the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), explains that the school initially capitulated to the ACLU’s demands . . .

    ‘[The] ACLU tends to pick on smaller communities throughout the country and basically looks to completely eradicate any mention of religion at all in the public square,’ the attorney explains.

    ‘And so we sent these letters to give some push-back to the ACLU to basically tell the school regardless of what they want you to do in their zeal to eliminate all mention of religion, what the law actually requires is that you allow the Christian clubs to meet on the same terms as other clubs.’”


  • Posted: 06/04/2009
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  • Category: ADF in the News
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  • Source: www.onenewsnow.com

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With Strong Bipartisan Support, Florida Strengthens Scholarship Program

Fla. school district agrees to end discriminatory treatment of Christian club

    ABC (WMBB.com): “Christian student groups shouldn’t be discriminated against for their beliefs,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel David Cortman. “Further, it is unconstitutional to prohibit school district employees from attending a private religious service on their own time and in their individual capacities. The district did the right thing by reversing its decision and deciding to respect the rights of students and employees.”


  • Posted: 06/02/2009
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  • Category: Uncategorized
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  • Source: www.panhandleparade.com

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Fla. school district agrees to end discriminatory treatment of Christian club

Steven Aden on Prime Time America: Choose Life License Plates Litigation

Florida: “Students denied graduation speeches: Because of prayer in school ban by ACLU”

Florida: Students, parents protest ACLU restrictions

Potato, Potahto: Whether Ineffective Assistance or Due Process, an Effective Rule is Overdue in Termination of Parental Rights Cases in Florida

    Saint Thomas Law Review: “It is not clear under Florida law what legal concept governs claims arising from the acts or omissions of counsel in termination proceedings. Whatever that concept may be, it is also unclear whether a procedure even exists to attack a judgment on such a ground. Some courts have said that none does. While it appears that one procedure may be viable, it is one with an extremely limited and, in many situations, unreasonable timeframe. A call from the Supreme Court of Florida for the development of a rule to deal with situations like this one has gone unanswered. The matter needs to be addressed.”


  • Posted: 05/20/2009
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  • Category: Marriage & Family

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Florida: Hold schools in contempt over prayer, ACLU pleads

    PNJ.com: “Michelle Winkler violated the order by having her husband, who is not a School Board employee, offer prayer at the non-instructional employee of the year banquet” on Feb. 20, said Benjamin Stevenson, an ACLU of Florida staff attorney. “We filed a motion for the federal court to issue an order for her to show cause or explain herself.”


  • Posted: 05/15/2009
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.pnj.com

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