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SCOTUS to hear case involving Gilbert sign ordinance

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Posted: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 11:36 am

The U.S. Supreme Court will review a case involving a Gilbert ordinance regulating the size of temporary church signs.

The court will review Reed v. Town of Gilbert, which challenges a town ordinance limiting the size and number of certain signs on a property, as well as how long they can remain standing. The suit was brought by Good News Community Church represented by attorneys from the Alliance Defending Freedom.

“No law should treat the speech of churches worse than the speech of other similar speakers,” said Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel David Cortman in a press statement. “Towns cannot apply stricter rules to church signs when it doesn’t apply them to ideological, political, and other non-commercial signs. Because the 9th Circuit’s decision is out of step with the Constitution and the decisions of other circuits, we hope the Supreme Court will reverse the 9th Circuit’s decision.”

The 9th U.S. Court of Appeals affirmed a ruling by a federal court to uphold the town ordinance as long as the ordinance was not based on the content of the speech. The justices are expected to hear arguments this fall.

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