ACLU: PDX must post logging bill ads

Oregon Wild and the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit in Multnomah County Court Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, against the Port of Portland after it turned down an ad at Portland International Airport aimed at legislation that would increase logging in federal forests. The suit claims that the port's refusal violates free-speech provisions of the U.S. and state constitutions.(Oregon Wild)
Oregon Wild and the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit in Multnomah County Court Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, against the Port of Portland after it turned down an ad at Portland International Airport aimed at legislation that would increase logging in federal forests. The suit claims that the port's refusal violates free-speech provisions of the U.S. and state constitutions.(Oregon Wild)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The American Civil Liberties Union is demanding that Portland International Airport accept terminal advertising that is part of a campaign against legislation to increase logging on federal forests.

Oregon ACLU director Dave Fidanque said Thursday the Oregon Constitution prohibits government censorship of speech, including political speech.

The ad was submitted by Oregon Wild in a campaign to defeat a bill in Congress to increase logging on federal forests, particularly the so-called O&C lands in Western Oregon.

Airport spokeswoman Martha Richmond said the airport has the power — under state and federal law — to restrict the placement of ads on religious and political issues, in order to maintain neutrality.

A similar case involving ads on buses in Portland is pending in the Oregon Supreme Court.

– The Associated Press

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