The ACLU is suing the city of New Orleans on behalf of an evangelist over absurdly broad speech restrictions and the judge has issued a temporary restraining order preventing the ordinance to be enforced pending the outcome of the case. AP reports:
U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon issued a temporary restraining order Friday that blocks enforcement of the law for now.
Under the law, Christian evangelists were arrested earlier this month and booked with preaching on Bourbon Street during Southern Decadence, an annual celebration of gay culture.
The restraining order came after the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana filed the suit on behalf of Kelsey Nicole McCauley, a member of the Raven Ministries religious congregation.
The ordinance was adopted in October, and violation is a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and a $500 fine.
It’s likely that the judge will extend the TRO into a preliminary injunction after a hearing on Monday. Some of the restrictions in the ordinance are likely constitutional, but the definitions are also overly broad. Howard Friedman points out that the law forbids any speech “for the purpose disseminating any social, political, or religious message between the hours of sunset and sunrise.”
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