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The D.C. Subway System Banned These Ads: NOW THE ACLU IS SUING FOR FREE SPEECH RIGHTS.

THE FIRST AMENDMENT is quite literally too controversial for the Washington, D.C, subway system.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit in August against the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority on behalf of itself and several other plaintiffs. Why? The transportation agency rejected ads from all the groups-including People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), a local abortion provider, and former Breitbart writer Milo Yiannopoulos--for running afoul of its policy against advertisements that are "issues-oriented" or "intended to influence members of the public regarding an issue on which there are varying opinions." One of the ads was simply the text of the First Amendment.

The ACLU says the rules are unconstitutionally overbroad and restrictive. "In its zeal to avoid hosting offensive and hateful speech, the government has eliminated speech that makes us think," Lee Rowland, a senior staff attorney with the ACLU, said in a statement.

"The ACLU could not more strongly disagree with the values that Milo Yiannopoulos espouses, but we can't allow the government to pick and choose which viewpoints are acceptable."

--Lee Rowland, ACLU

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Title Annotation:INFOGRAPHIC
Author:Ciaramella, C.J.
Publication:Reason Magazine
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U5DC
Date:Oct 25, 2017
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