ACLU suit challenges flyer ban near Brigham City temple

BRIGHAM CITY, Utah (AP) – The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah is suing on behalf of a Christian church that claims it was banned from handing out flyers near a Mormon temple in Brigham City.

Leaders at the non-denominational Main Street Church say they planned to pass out literature during the temple’s open house Aug. 18 to Sept. 15. Some of their material points out differences between Main Street’s beliefs and those of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Main Street says it got a permit under Brigham City’s free speech zone ordinance, but was barred from the two busiest sides of the temple, which is getting about 18,000 visitors each day.

Brigham City Attorney Kirk Morgan tells KSL church members are being kept away from bus unloading zones for safety reasons.

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