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Constitutional Law Keyed to Choper
Reed v. Gilbert
Citation:__ U.S. ___, 135 S.Ct. 2218, 192 L.Ed.2d 236 (2015).
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In Arizona, the town of Gilbert’s ordinance imposed far more restrictions on “Temporary Directional Signs Related to a Qualifying Event” than on “Ideological Signs” or “Political Signs.” The temporary directional signs could be no more than 6 square feet and could be displayed only 12 hours before and one hour after the qualifying event.
Pastor Clyde Reed of the Good News Community Church posted signs indicating the times of church services, which were classified as “Temporary Directional Signs Related to a Qualifying Event.” The church did not own its own building, and as such, met at elementary schools and other locations around town. The church also placed 15-20 temporary signs around the town, displaying the Church’s name along with the time and location of the upcoming service. The town’s sign code compliance manager cited the Church for violating the sign code – once because the Church exceeded the time limits for displaying its signs, and another time for failing to include the date of the event on the signs.
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