Street Preaching
11:26 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Bourbon Street preaching limits blocked for now

A federal judge has set an Oct. 1 hearing for a city ordinance restricting religious or political speech on Bourbon Street after dark.

The Times-Picayune reports that U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon issued a temporary restraining order on Friday that blocks enforcement of the law for now.

Under the law, Christian evangelists were arrested earlier this month for preaching on Bourbon Street during Southern Decadence, an annual celebration of gay culture.

The restraining order came after the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana filed the suit on behalf of Kelsey Nicole McCauley, a member of the Raven Ministries religious congregation.

The ordinance was adopted in October 2011 and violation is a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and a $500 fine.

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