Six opinions were issued today by SCOTUS, as they near the end of their term.
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in favor of the church involved in the Reed v. Town of Gilbert case and in affirmation of the First Amendment. In this case, a Gilbert, Arizona sign ordinance discriminated against certain signs based on the content of the signs — whether they were political, ideological, and directional. Directional signs were placed under more severe restrictions which affected the churches.
Good News Community Church and its pastor, Clyde Reed, needed to announce the times and locations of their services, but because their announcement signs (which directed individuals to a public school where services were being held) were deemed directional, the church was severely hampered in getting its message out. Pastor Reed and Good News Community Church sued to vindicate their constitutional rights. The lower courts ruled against them, so Pastor Reed took their case to the U.S. Supreme Court. Today, they won. Free speech prevailed.
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