A conservative ladies’s group can not paint its personal mural on New York City streets even after Mayor Bill de Blasio allowed a yellow “Black Lives Matter” mural to be painted outdoors Trump Tower, a federal choose in Manhattan dominated on Thursday.
U.S. District Judge Lorna Schofield stated Women for America First, a supporter of Republican former President Donald Trump, didn’t present that town violated its First Amendment rights in rejected its mural “Engaging, Inspiring and Empowering Women to Make a Difference!”
The choose stated town could apply cheap, viewpoint-neutral restrictions to avenue surfaces, that are sometimes reserved for signage to advertise site visitors security and aren’t “message boards for private expression.”
Schofield additionally refused to dam town from portray its personal murals, saying it might pose “serious, potentially unwarranted limitations” on authorities communications with the general public and was due to this fact not within the public curiosity.
“We are disappointed in this outcome and we will take a very hard look at the decision,” Ronald Coleman, a lawyer for the plaintiff, stated in an e mail.
The metropolis didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.
Women for America First had proposed portray its mural on Fifth Avenue, the place Trump Tower is situated.
It additionally proposed different places together with City Hall Park, on forty second Street close to Times Square, and on the FDR Drive close to Gracie Mansion, the mayor’s official residence.
De Blasio, a Democrat, tweeted when the “Black Lives Matter” mural was painted: “Our city isn’t just painting the words on Fifth Avenue. We’re committed to the meaning of the message.”
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