religious freedom

Sen. Dennis Baxley (R-Ocala)
Florida House of Representatives

Florida Governor Rick Scott has signed off on a controversial measure offering additional protections for religious expression in schools.

Hobby Lobby
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Companies cannot be forced to provide their employees health insurance that covers contraception, following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling today. Florida constitutional law experts believe the ruling could have far-reaching implications beyond both birth control and federal law.

Capital Report: 12-06-2013

Dec 6, 2013

The end of the investigation of Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston this week shut the door on criminal charges, but also opened a discussion of how sexual assault is talked about.  As Stan Jastrzebski reports, experts say the rhetoric surrounding the star quarterback may foretell who’s best suited to take the handoff from the Winston case and run with it.

Jessica Palombo / WFSU News

Organizers of the first-ever Christmas nativity scene erected in the Florida Capitol building today say the display is meant to demonstrate religious freedom guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. But the American Civil Liberties Union warns the state risks lawsuits if it doesn’t allow all religious displays.

Local fifth-graders sang carols at the unveiling of the nativity, which is funded with private donations and sponsored by the Thomas More Society, a Chicago-based law firm specializing in religious freedom cases.