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Department of Education v. Lewis

Supreme Court of Florida
416 So.2d 455 (1982)


In 1981, the Florida legislature adopted a general-appropriations bill that included a limitation on the expenditure of funds by the Florida Department of Education and its commissioner (plaintiffs). The limitation prohibited funds from being spent on institutions supporting groups or organizations that recommended or advocated sexual relations between persons who were not married to each other. The plaintiffs sought a declaratory judgment against Florida’s comptroller and secretary of state (defendants) in trial court to declare the general-appropriations bill unconstitutional and void. The trial court ruled in favor of the defendants, and the plaintiffs appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Boyd, J.)

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