Voting in churches is constitutional, says Florida federal court.A federal judge has tossed out a Florida man's Lawsuit over the use of churches as polling places.
In late July, U.S. District Judge Donald L. Middlebrooks ruled that Jerry Rabinowitz, a Palm Beach resident, did not have a legal right ("standing") to challenge the placement of polling sites in churches.
The judge also ruled that Rabinowitz, who was represented by lawyers with the American Humanist Association The American Humanist Association (AHA) is an educational organization in the United States that advances Humanism. It is the original Humanist organization, and embraces secular, religious, and other manifestations of Humanist philosophy. , did not have a First Amendment claim. Emmanuel Catholic Church, where he voted in the 2006 general election and a 2007 municipal election, was adorned a·dorn
tr.v. a·dorned, a·dorn·ing, a·dorns
1. To lend beauty to: "the pale mimosas that adorned the favorite promenade" Ronald Firbank.
2. with religious symbols and displays. A banner disparaging dis·par·age
tr.v. dis·par·aged, dis·par·ag·ing, dis·par·ag·es
1. To speak of in a slighting or disrespectful way; belittle. See Synonyms at decry.
2. To reduce in esteem or rank. reproductive rights Reproductive rights or procreative liberty is what supporters view as human rights in areas of sexual reproduction. Advocates of reproductive rights support the right to control one's reproductive functions, such as the rights to reproduce (such as opposition to forced was displayed outside the entrance to the polling place during the 2006 general election, along with a sign that read "Each of us matters to God."
Middlebrooks wrote in Rabinowitz v. Anderson, "This is not a case where a governmental actor actively placed a religious icon or message at a voting location, or on another piece of government property."
The judge added that Palm Beach County officials "were at the Church to carry out a secular election; the undisputed evidence shows that they had no religious purpose or motive, and there was no excessive entanglement."
In a press statement regarding the ruling, Roy Speckhardt Roy Speckhardt, born January 24, 1973, in Carmel, New York, is an association manager in Washington DC.
Currently executive director of the American Humanist Association, he worked previously for The Interfaith Alliance from 1995 to 2001 as deputy director in charge of staff. , executive director of the American Humanist Association, said "the struggle isn't over. We haven't ruled out an appeal in this case and will launch this case in another jurisdiction, challenging a similar abuse. We have members all over the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. who have answered our call to report these abuses or be plaintiffs."