Friday, November 20, 2020

Suit Challenges DC's Refusal To Allow "Black Pre-Born Lives Matter" Mural on Street

Suit was filed this week in D.C. federal district court challenging the constitutionality of D.C.'s refusal to allow protesting groups to paint a mural reading "Black Pre-Born Lives Matter" on the street near a Planned Parenthood Clinic. It also barred the chalking of the same message. The complaint (full text) in Frederick Douglass Foundation, Inc. v. District of Columbia, (D DC, filed 11/18/2020) points out that murals reading "Black Lives Matter" and "Defund the Police" were permitted to be painted along other D.C. streets. Plaintiffs contend that this differential treatment violates their free speech, equal protection and free exercise rights.  ADF issued a press release announcing the filing of the lawsuit.