After a decade as an official vendor, Brian Johnson was denied a vendor license at the Twin Cities GLBT Pride Parade last year. But he attended anyway, passed out Bibles, and told people that homosexuality is a sin. This year, he not only didn’t receive a permit to be a vendor, but the Pride Parade went to court seeking to block him from passing out materials, including Bibles.
The Minneapolis Park Board told Johnson he could, but Twin Cities Pride is telling him he cannot. So now U.S. District Court Judge John Tunheim. The StarTribune reports on the story in part one and part two.Not unlike the unethical outing of an anti-gay preacher earlier this week, this is yet another episode in which the rights of a group (those who want to peacefully enjoy the Pride weekend) butt up against the rights of the individual (the 1st amendment rights of Brian Johnson to publicly condemn homosexuality).
And here is the impasse at which the judges in our constitutional democracy often find themselves.
Which way do you think Judge Tunheim should rule?