Seaside Library changes policy following court ruling

Jeremy C. Ruark

Abstract

The Seaside Public Library was ordered by a federal court judge to pay a $10,500 penalty to the Florida-based nonprofit Library Counsel for denying community room access for a meeting that included religious content. A lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court on behalf of an Enterprise, Oregon man claiming that the library’s meeting room policy violated constitutional rights to free speech and equal protection. After the federal court ruling, the library removed the prohibition on using library rooms for meetings with religious content.