Support local journalism. Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club.

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Florida craft store challenges vaccine passport ban in new lawsuit

Posted By on Thu, Sep 23, 2021 at 10:00 AM

click to enlarge ADOBE
  • Adobe

A Sarasota hobby and craft store has filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a state law that prevents businesses from requiring customers to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19.

Bead Abode, Inc. filed the lawsuit this month in Leon County circuit court and cited an August federal-court ruling that backed Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings in a challenge to the state’s so-called “vaccine passport” ban.



Bead Abode contends in the lawsuit that the law, a priority of Gov. Ron DeSantis, violates First Amendment rights. The business said in the lawsuit that after shutting its doors early in the pandemic, it developed a reopening plan that included a requirement for customers to provide documentation of vaccination. But it said the law, which the Legislature passed in April, is an obstacle to the plan. In addition to seeking to have the law ruled unconstitutional, the business is seeking a temporary emergency injunction.


“Absent the relief being sought to enjoin defendant (the state) from enforcement of this clearly unconstitutional content-based restriction on protected speech, Bead Abode would be forced to choose between its commitment to the safety of its customers and crushing penalties from enforcement of this law,” the lawsuit said.

A federal judge in South Florida last month ruled in favor of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, which argued the vaccine-passport ban violated the First Amendment and what is known as the dormant Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The state has appealed that decision, which applied only to Norwegian, to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals..



Stay on top of Central Florida news and views with our weekly newsletters, and consider supporting this free publication. Our small but mighty team is working tirelessly to bring you Central Florida news, and every little bit helps.

Tags: , , , , , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at feedback@orlandoweekly.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Read the Digital Print Issue

October 13, 2021

View more issues

Calendar

© 2021 Orlando Weekly

Website powered by Foundation