Sunday, February 14, 2021

No Injunction Against Sound Ordinance Because City Disclaims Enforcement Pending Revision

In Abolish Abortion Oregon v. City of Grants Pass, (D OR, Feb. 12, 2021), an Oregon federal district court refused to issue a preliminary injunction against enforcement of the city's Sound Ordinance sought by an organization of Christian evangelists and anti-abortion advocates. Plaintiffs contended that enforcement violates their free speech and free exercise rights. The city, however, has conceded that the current Sound Ordinance is probably unconstitutional and says it is revising the Ordinance. It has also said it will not enforce the Ordinance during the revision process.