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BC backs off on ordinance enforcement

Free speech zones lawsuit remains 

Ellen Cook

Leader Editor

As of Thursday evening, Brigham City has agreed to allow representatives of the Main Street Church to hand out literature on all public sidewalks surrounding the Brigham City Temple following a settlement between the American Civil Liberties Union and city attorneys.

Part of the settlement has Main Street Church also agreeing to limit the number of its representatives to just four on each side of the street.

But the arrangement will not end the lawsuit filed against the city by the ACLU, contending that its free speech zone ordinance is unconstitutional.

The lawsuit claims the ordinance put a restriction on almost any form of public expression.  Main Street Church is a non-denominational faith church located on Brigham City’s Main Street, about four blocks from where open houses were underway at the new Brigham City Temple.

A letter from Brigham City states that the free speech zone ordinance was developed by city officials and attorneys based on Utah laws and patterned after others in the state.

For more on this story, pick up a copy of this week’s Leader.


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