A conservative political consulting firm has filed a lawsuit against a Michigan city for having an ordinance that it claims would force the firm to promote liberal viewpoints.
At issue was Chapter 112 of the City Code, which centers on non-discrimination policy and in 2014 was expanded to include the category of “political beliefs.”
Grant Strobl and Jacob Chludzinski of ThinkRight Strategies brought a lawsuit against the City of Ann Arbor on Monday in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.
The lawsuit cited two parts of the city code they objected to. The first was Ann Arbor Code § 9:153, which says an individual cannot “discriminate in making available full and equal access to all goods, services, activities, privileges and accommodations of any place of public accommodation.”
They also objected to Ann Arbor Code § 9:155(2), which states in part that a person cannot “discriminate in the publication or distribution of advertising material.”
“Ann Arbor passed a law that forces Democrats to create advocacy material supporting conservatives and Republicans to create advocacy material supporting liberals under the threat of paying fines up to $500 per day,” read the lawsuit’s introduction.
“This lawsuit challenges Ann Arbor’s unjust law for violating the First and Fourteenth Amendments because all Americans, whether conservative or liberal, should have the freedom to advocate for the political views they believe in.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski