As the U.S. Supreme Court considered a monumental case about whether a baker can be forced to make a cake for a gay wedding Tuesday, another battle over religious freedom brewed in a federal district court down the street.
U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the District of Columbia seemed unconvinced in a hearing that the Washington, D.C., transit system violated the Archdiocese of Washington’s First Amendment rights by refusing to run Christmas-themed ads on city buses. The Archdiocese sued the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, known locally as Metro or WMATA, last month, alleging the system illegally declined to run its “Find the Perfect Gift” ad. The ad is part of a campaign to encourage individuals to return to church during the Christian Advent season and give charitably.
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