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Taking no chances



This morning, the Florida Supreme Court will hear arguments in Andy Ford v. Kurt Browning and Fla. Dept. of State v. Beverly Slough - otherwise known as the cases challenging the placement of Amendments 5, 7 and 9 on the November ballot.

The court aims to rule quickly, as Secretary of State Browning plans to have the ballot completed by the end of the week and needs to know whether to put the items on it, or not.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State isn't waiting for the decision to begin mounting its campaign against Amendments 7 and 9. The Washington, D.C.-based organization sent out a blast e-mail late Tuesday directing its supporters to and urging them to "take the lead and urge others to vote NO on 7 and 9." The group says:

Amendments 7 and 9 would eviscerate the religious liberty safeguards that currently exist in the Florida Constitution and allow money to flow directly to religious organizations and houses of worship. The stripping of these important guarantees of freedom, combined with an undermining of the language that protects public schools in the Constitution, would allow a massive school voucher scheme to slip by Floridians and harm the educational opportunities for our children.

Stay tuned to hear what the Supreme Court says.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:55am]


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