Judge allows ministers access to holiday event - KTTC Rochester, Austin, Mason City News, Weather and Sports

Judge allows ministers access to holiday event

Posted:

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) -- A federal judge has ruled in favor of two ministers who accused the city of Duluth of violating their constitutional rights by preventing them from preaching their Christian faith at an annual holiday event.

Steve Jankowski of Duluth and Peter Scott of Hibbing filed a motion in federal court last month in Minneapolis asking a judge to order the city to let them into the Bentleyville Tour of Lights.

The city denied the preachers access to the event at Bayfront Park despite a ruling last December in their favor. The Duluth News Tribune (http://bit.ly/VyDQ8a ) says the city restricted the clerics to a new "First Amendment zone" outside an entrance.

The preachers' fight with the city dates back to November 2010, when police escorted the pair out of the display after the men refused to stop preaching.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2001 - 2014 WorldNow and KTTC, a Quincy station.
All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Jodi Neyens at (507) 280-5104. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.