FIRST AMENDMENT

MSUM Commemorates Banned Book Week

Livingston Lord Library wants to take a stand with the first amendment by defending Literature

MOORHEAD, Minn. — MSUM’s Livingston Lord Library is showing solidarity with other libraries across the country by celebrating the freedom to read during banned books week. In a push for literary freedom, the library has put up a board allowing visitors to write out the names of books that had a positive effect on them but were at least at…

Anti-Walz Billboard Controversy in Fosston, Minnesota

"Rocks & Cows of the North" is against the handling of the pandemic by Democrat Gov. Tim Walz

FOSSTON, Minn. — A group in northern Minnesota is behind a digital billboard ad in Fosston, Minnesota that is being talked about around town and across the entire country. The group calling itself “Rocks & Cows of the North” is against the handling of the pandemic by Democrat Gov. Tim Walz. Their Facebook page says the governor continues to make…

Fight Over Gay Wedding Videos Stays in District Court

The filmmakers say videos are a form of speech with protections under the First Amendment.

ST. PAUL, Minn.–Minnesota’s attorney general says the state will continue to fight a lawsuit in federal court that was filed by two Minnesota filmmakers who want the right to refuse to record same-sex weddings instead of taking the case to the full 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals or U.S. Supreme Court. Attorney General Keith Ellison and Minnesota Human Rights…

Appeals Court Reinstates Lawsuit Over Same-Sex Wedding Video

A three-judge panel ruled that the First Amendment gives the Larsens the right to choose when to speak and what to say.

MINNEAPOLIS, M.N.–A federal appeals court has reinstated a lawsuit filed by two Minnesota filmmakers who want the right to refuse to film same-sex weddings. Carl and Angel Larsen, who run Telescope Media Group in St. Cloud, sued the state in 2016, saying Minnesota’s public accommodation law would result in steep fines and jail time if they offered services promoting only…

Red River Women’s Clinic Sues Over Two Abortion Laws

North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has said that he will be required to defend the current laws

FARGO, ND — Red River Women’s Clinic, the sole abortion clinic in North Dakota, is suing over two state laws it believes tells doctors to lie. One measure passed this year requires physicians to tell women that they may reverse a so-called medication abortion if they have second thoughts. The other law requires doctors to tell patients that abortion terminates…