The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled unanimously in favor of a small suburban Phoenix church over a town signage ordinance.
Good News Community Church Pastor Clyde Reed in Gilbert had sued the town for banning curb signs directing patrons to church services at a school.
Gilbert officials said the “directional” signs were an impediment on public footpaths and against code.
“Speech discrimination is wrong regardless of whether the government intended to violate the First Amendment or not, and it doesn’t matter if the government thinks its discrimination was well-intended,” Reed’s lawyer, David Cortman of the Alliance Defending Freedom said in a statement.
“It’s still government playing favorites, and that’s unconstitutional, as the Supreme Court today found.”