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HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS URGE MIAMI-DADE COUNTY COMMISSION TO ADOPT 2012 LEGISLATIVE INVOCATION RESTORATION ORDINANCE

Letter to Commissioners and Mayor advises that policy, based on current U.S. Supreme Court precedence, ends nearly a decade of speech discrimination

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MIAMI- Today, the Christian Family Coalition (CFC), Florida’s premiere human rights and social justice advocacy organization urged the Miami-Dade County Commission to adopt the 2012 Legislative Invocation Restoration Ordinance.  The proposal, prepared by Liberty Counsel, a nationwide nonprofit public interest law firm focusing primarily on constitutional litigation, is based on current U.S. Supreme Court precedence ends nearly a decade of speech discrimination in Miami-Dade County.  
 
In a letter signed by over a dozen human rights, social organizations and houses of worship and sent to Commissioners, Mayor Gimenez and the County Attorney, these organizations urged the Commission to restore free speech rights by ending nearly a decade of speech discrimination and allowing the constitutionally tested and time-honored tradition of beginning County Commission and Committee meetings with a legislative invocation.

In 2004, a discriminatory practice was instituted by ending the constitutionally tested practice of legislative invocations. Invocations are part of sessions of the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Florida State Senate and Florida State House. Sixty-seven percent (67%) of all Miami-Dade County municipalities begin their meetings with an invocation.

The proposed legislative invocation ordinance has been constitutionally tested. It is based upon current U.S. Supreme Court precedent and does not violate the “separation of church and state.”

Most importantly, the ordinance will correct an unconscionable speech discrimination practice. All forms of civil speech, whether secular or sacred, should be treated equally.  Currently, this legislative body engages in all forms of secular speech. However, only sacred speech, in the form of an invocation or solemnizing message, is targeted for unfair, disparate treatment. Ordinance No. 122043 eliminates this discriminatory practice and guarantees speech equality in County Commission sessions.

Miami-Dade County is a World-Class destination with a broad, diverse and inclusive community and all forms of civil speech be it secular or sacred, should be treated equally.

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