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June 09, 2005

Legislating immorality

Kids in some government schools can't sing Christmas carols lest it violate the mythical part of the Constitution that Liberals claim demands “separation of church and state”. The Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives is being sued because he said [gasp] “Jesus” in a prayer.

But down in St. Augustine (wonder if he's spinning in his grave over this) Florida a Federal judge has ordered the city to fly 49 “gay pride” flags on its Bridge of Lions.

The ruling from U.S. District Judge Henry Lee Adams Jr. says the rainbow banners are to be flown for six days starting today.

"Permitting a group to fly their flag from the Bridge of Lions enables that group to say 'We exist and this is what we stand for,'" said Karen Doering, staff attorney with the National Center for Lesbian Rights. "By denying this application, these city administrators are denying my clients their constitutionally guaranteed rights to freedom of speech and equal access under the law. That violates the First and Fourteenth Amendments."

The judicial mandate comes in connection with a lawsuit filed by Rev. Ruth Jensen and Vicki Waldren of the St. Augustine Pride Committee and other pro-homosexual groups, after the city rejected a request to display the banners for a week during June, which is "gay pride" month.

Adams' decision was based in part on First Amendment violations and "irreparable harm and loss if they are prohibited from flying their rainbow flags during the week of the annual gay pride celebration," according to the Florida Times-Union.

Jensen, a homosexual-rights activist, had been told by the city the flags could not fly on the bridge, as the structure was reserved for groups of historical significance....

Attorney Sonya Hoener, who represented the city, said the plaintiffs did not have legal standing to file the suit and suffered no injuries by St. Augustine's rejection.

Christians are censored by the government, but that same government has now ordered a city to endorse homosexuality?!? Yes, I know it's really a case of some fruitcake judge overstepping his power, but like that's really gonna change any time soon.

Posted by Danny Carlton at June 9, 2005 08:14 AM

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