Court filings: City Council to amend ordinance banning religious, political speech on Bourbon Street
New Orleans City Council will be revisiting the "aggressive solicitation" ordinance that prohibits "loiter[ing] or congregat[ing] on Bourbon Street for the purpose of disseminating any social, political or religious message between the hours of sunset and sunrise," according to court records from a Wednesday status conference on a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the law.
Last week, Pastor Paul Gros filed a federal complaint, claiming that police officers threatened with him with arrest for preaching on Bourbon Street in May. The ordinance, passed last year by City Council, "serves to chill and deter Pastor Gros?s expression," the lawsuit reads.? [ Read more ]
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