11 Nov '12, 1am

Veterans parade can't exclude anti-war vets, judge rules via @starsandstripes #veterans

AUBURN, Wash. — A federal judge has ordered the city of Auburn to allow an anti-war veterans group to march in Saturday's annual Veterans Day parade, ruling the city has violated one of the very rights it celebrates veterans for defending — the right to free speech. U.S. District Chief Judge Marsha Pechman on Friday issued a temporary restraining order preventing the city from barring Veterans for Peace (VFP) from marching in the parade, purported to be the largest Veterans Day parade west of the Mississippi. In doing so, Pechman said the city was "wrong" in its efforts to craft rules to exclude the VFP from the celebration. Pechman, who ruled from the bench after arguments, said it appeared "some vague group" within the city had decided that the VFP's anti-war message was "offensive." But protecting unpopular speech "is what the First Amendment is all about," she said. Ad...

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