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Appeals court agrees: Florida ban on gay adoptions unconstitutional listen

09/22/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Florida is the only state with an outright ban on adoptions by gay couples. But that policy might be coming to an end because of an appeals court decision today. The 3rd District Court of Appeal in Miami upheld a lower court’s ruling that the law banning adoption is unconstitutional. After the ruling, Florida Governor Charlie Crist, who is running without party affiliation for U.S. Senate, says the state stop enforcing the ban.

WMNF spoke with Martin Gill, who along with his male partne...

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ACLU says it will challenge proposed FL immigration law if it passes listen

08/11/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Today Florida's Attorney General Bill McCollum threw his support behind a proposed harsh immigration law. It will be introduced by Representative William Snyder of Stuart. McCollum says that, if passed, the law would require police officers to check immigration status during some stops.

Parts of a similar Arizona law were put on hold by a federal judge after their constitutionality were challenged. But McCollum says the proposed Florida law would avoid the legal problems plaguing Arizona's...

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ACLU reacts to McCollum’s call to forbid gays from being foster parents listen

08/10/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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According to several press reports, Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill McCollum is attempting to back away from his statement that gays should not be allowed to become foster parents in Florida.

Earlier, the Attorney General told the Florida Baptist Witness that gays shouldn’t be foster parents, but many are shocked at that statement.

That includes Shelbi Day, a staff attorney on the LGBT Advocacy Project with the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida.

Day also praised...

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ACLU of Florida wants records on FBI racial and ethnic profiling listen

07/27/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Is the FBI keeping records about your race or ethnicity? The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida is concerned enough that it filed Freedom of Information Act requests today. The ACLU of Florida filed FOIA requests with the FBI field offices in Tampa, Miami and Jacksonville to find out how the law enforcement agency collects, uses, and maps racial and ethnic data.

ACLU branches in other states are also filing similar FOIA requests.

Muslima Lewis is senior staff attorney with the ...

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Should Florida lift the ban on gay adoption?

03/31/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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For 33 years the State of Florida has banned adoptions by gay or lesbian couples. This year, as in the eight previous years, a South Florida legislator, Mary Brandenburg, has introduced legislation in Tallahassee to end the ban. And this year in Tallahassee, as in past years, the proposal is not expected to get much of a hearing from politicians.

We have two guests today who are working to end the ban on gay adoption. Cathy James is the non-biological mother of a ten year old son that she...

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Civil Rights Restoration Workshop in Tampa listen

03/29/10 Concetta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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On Saturday, a civil rights restoration workshop was held in West Tampa.

Civil rights are defined as the liberties given to every individual set forth by the U.S. Constitution. Joyce Hamilton Henry is a director with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which organized the event. She said an individual loses many valuable rights when a felony is committed.

*They lose their right to vote; they los...

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ACLU slaps Pasco County Fair with discrimination lawsuit listen

01/08/10 Tom Baur
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Today the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida announced their filing of a federal discrimination lawsuit. The ACLU accuses Pasco County Fair Association of violating the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by discriminating against three Mexican-American Pasco County residents.

The Federal lawsuit alleges that when three Pasco county residents wanted to rent a hall they were overcharged because they were...

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ACLU sues Alachua Schools over anti-Islam suspensions listen

11/23/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Today the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida filed a federal lawsuit against the Alachua County School District.

The lawsuit charges school administrators with unlawfully censoring students’ free speech when students were suspended or threatened with suspension for wearing t-shirts promoting their religious beliefs in school and at school events earlier this year.

WMNF spoke with Howard Simon, executive director of the ACLU of Florida.

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BayWalk protesters demand free speech not corporate bailouts listen

10/19/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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On Friday night, over 80 free speech activists demonstrated at BayWalk to protest the St. Pete City Council’s decision to give away the sidewalk in front of that failing entertainment complex.

Two weeks ago, after an earlier vote where the City Council refused to give the public sidewalk away, the activist group St. Pete for Peace said they would not protest there for a year as a good-faith gesture. But following Thursday’s reversal by City Council, that group, as well as others inclu...

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Supreme Court rejects ACLU challenge to Pledge requirement listen

10/05/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Today the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal to review a state law requiring public school students to say the Pledge of Allegiance every day unless they have written permission from a parent.

WMNF spoke with Randall Marshall, legal director of the ACLU of Florida, the group that filed the appeal.

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