A gay rights
group in Alabama is filing a lawsuit against the mayor of
Birmingham for not allowing city workers to hang banners
supporting Gay Pride Week. Central Alabama Pride Inc.
filed the federal suit, claiming that Mayor Larry
Langford's actions violated workers' First Amendment
rights, according to the Birmingham News.
wanted to hang banners on city property, as other workers
have done to promote football games and music
festivals. However, individuals were denied use
of city property to advertise for Birmingham's 20th
annual gay pride parade on June 7. Langford said he
turned down the request because it was inappropriate for the
government to endorse a "lifestyle choice," according
to the lawsuit. He then said he would not interfere
with a permit request as long as he did not have to
sign it. Birmingham police later issued the permit, and the
Birmingham City Council passed a resolution supporting the
"The bottom line
is, I don't condone the lifestyle and what they were
asking me to do," Langford said in the article.
"Proclamations are under my purview as mayor, so
they're asking me for a personal endorsement." (The