Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Indiana County Fights Creche Suit By Enacting Open Forum Law

The Batesville (IN) Herald-Tribune reports that last week the Franklin County, Indiana Commissioners passed Ordinance 2015-02 to create a public forum on the county courthouse grounds permitting displays, demonstrations, exhibits, rallies and other expressive activities without regard to viewpoint under a neutral permit process.  The action was taken in response to a lawsuit filed against the county last month challenging the constitutionality of a life size Nativity Scene displayed on the courthouse lawn. (See prior posting.)

UPDATE: According to WLWT, on Feb. 10 plaintiffs dropped the lawsuit.