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Judge strikes down motions to dismiss lawsuit that takes aim at tax-funded Confederacy tributes
Florida Gov. DeSantis and Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry are listed as defendants in the lawsuit.
(First Coast News) JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — On Thursday, a federal judge struck down motions to dismiss a lawsuit that seeks to end the tax funding of Confederate tributes.
Earl Johnson Jr. doesn’t want tax dollars going towards any entity named after the Confederacy.
According to Johnson’s lawsuit there are 47 different named tributes to the Confederacy in the middle district of Florida, and that includes the names of five counties.
Johnson filed a lawsuit saying that the use of tax dollars for Confederate monuments is unconstitutional according to the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Gov. DeSantis and Mayor Lenny Curry are listed as defendants.
Both filed a motion to dismiss the complaint Wednesday which was struck down by a judge one day later.
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