Article Title

Seaside Library changes policy following court ruling

Authors

Jeremy C. Ruark

Newspaper

Seaside Signal

Date

7-26-2012

Location

Seaside, Oregon

Participants

Reita Fackerell, Seaside Public Library Director; Michael W. Mosman, U.S. District Judge

Photo Description

External image of library building

Photo Caption

The Seaside Library will now allow religious services following a federal court ruling.

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. *Liberty Counsel misprinted as "Library Counsel"

Keywords

constitutional rights, freedom of speech, religious viewpoint

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