The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Kate Anderson regarding a federal district court’s ruling Wednesday that acknowledged that East Lansing passed an unconstitutional ordinance. The case, Country Mill Farms v. City of East Lansing, will proceed to trial next year. Alliance Defending Freedom represents Country Mill Farms.
“All Americans should be free to live and speak according to their deeply held religious beliefs without fear of government punishment. Today the court correctly recognized that East Lansing’s ordinance was unconstitutionally vague. As the record reflects, the city of East Lansing has consistently used this vagueness to act with hostility towards Steve and Bridget Tennes of Country Mill Farms because city officials simply don’t like their Catholic convictions about marriage. In a public debate, a city council member even called Steve’s Catholic beliefs ‘bigot[ed],’ ‘ridiculous, horrible, [and] hateful.’ We are looking forward to stopping this discrimination against Country Mill Farms at trial.”
Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith.
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