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Gilbert religious sign fight headed for Supreme Court

Gilbert Pastor Clyde Reed (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)

The town of Gilbert is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to quash a bid by a tiny religious congregation to be able to post and leave up year round its signs directing people to its worship services. But the case is about more than a spat between one community and a pastor. There are statewide and national implications on the ability of communities to enact restrictions on certain kinds of signs. And the stakes are so high that even the Obama administration has weighed in on the side of the church, asking the justices to void the town's restrictions.

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U.S. Supreme Court to hear pastor’s suit challenging Gilbert ordinance (access required)

Clyde Reed, pastor and founder of Good News Presbyterian Church, is trying to convince the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision stating that the town of Gilbert was just in citing him for violating an ordinance limiting the time he could have signs up directing people to his church. (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)

The pastor of a small Gilbert congregation says the town government believes political campaign signs are more important than the small placards that give directions to his service.

Attorneys for Clyde Reed, pastor and founder of Good News Presbyterian Church, will now try to convince the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Gilbert’s favor.

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