Statement from Howard Simon on Re-Drafting of “Religious Freedom” Amendment

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Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi today re-drafted the ballot description of the so-called “Religious Freedom” Amendment – a proposed amendment to Florida Constitution which may be on the ballot in 2012.

Below is a statement from Howard Simon, Executive Director of the ACLU of Florida regarding the Attorney General’s actions today:

“Today’s re-drafting of the so-called “religious freedom” amendment by the Florida Attorney General uses unconstitutional powers that were delegated by the Legislature – to produce descriptions of proposed amendments to Florida’s Constitution. In this case, she has stepped in to try to fix language that a court previously determined was misleading.

“Whether in its original form or after today’s tinkering by the Attorney General, the proposal continues to mislead voters by failing to inform them of the chief purpose and actual impact of the amendment – to virtually require taxpayer funding of religious activities of churches, mosques and synagogues.”

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Derek Newton
Communications Director
ACLU of Florida


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