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Judge says Pensacola police violated church's First Amendment rights
PENSACOLA -- A federal judge is ruling that Pensacola police violated the First Amendment when they asked a church group to leave a gay pride celebration.
It was in June 2012, during the Pensacola Pride Festival in Seville Square.
Pastor Bill Adams and a group from Smyrna Baptist Church stood on public sidewalks around the square and offered people a calendar with a religious message on it.
Festival organizers asked Adams to pay a vendor fee.
When he refused to pay they called police, who asked the group to leave.
Adams sued the city saying their rights were violated.
In his ruling, Judge Roger Vinson says the group was exercising his religious freedom on a public sidewalk...
And he awarded Adams one dollar in damages.