The Andover Tea Party of Andover, OH had planned on celebrating Constitution Day, September 17, with a gathering at the town square. Not so fast, say the town trustees:
But on July 19, a trustee informed one of the tea party organizers, Margaret Slingluff, that they would not be allowed to hold the event, which would have included singers performing patriotic songs and public policy-related speakers, in the square. In an official letter dated Aug. 25, the trustee said the reason was “due to your group’s political affiliation.”
The trustees cited a local resolution that “prohibit[s] any for-profit advertising or political signs on the Andover Square.” According to the Party's executive directer Maurice Thompson, “permission to use the square is made by the trustees on a case-by-case basis."
The group has filed a lawsuit against the town. You can read the entire story on CNSNews.com.