Gilbert, Arizona, town officials passed a lawn sign ordinance that a church found objectionable and discriminatory. Politicians running for office can have a sign 8 ft. wide x 4 ft. high for several months. Signs that express a general non-religious opinion are allowed to be 5 ft. wide x 4 ft. high without any limitations on how long they can stay up. But any religious sign, such as inviting people to church, must be 3 ft. wide x 2 ft. high and can only stay up for 14 hours, or you’ll get a warning or charged a fee. Indefinitely ignoring the restrictions on religious signs will land you in jail.
Town officials claim big religious lawn signs pose a danger to drivers trying to read them. But somehow that isn’t true of the other types of lawn signs. So Good News Community Church of Gilbert, Arizona, has ended up fighting the ordinance all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court, which will hear the case on Monday, January 12. Will freedom of religious speech win the day? The Court’s decision will be released this spring or early summer.