Arizona church wins outdoor sign case in Supreme Court

Via The Washington Times:

An Arizona town’s sign code, which was used to punish a small, local church, is an unconstitutional regulation of speech, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday.

Several theories were proffered about why the Town of Gilbert’s sign code should be deemed “content neutral,” but none are persuasive, wrote Justice Clarence Thomas in overturning the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Reed v. Town of Gilbert.

Pastor Clyde Reed of Good News Community Church had brought the case when town officials began citing them for putting up 15 to 20 signs on Saturday mornings directing people to their Sunday services, which were held in various schools and other buildings from week to week.

The signs were taken down midday Sundays.