Preachers renew legal fight for access to Duluth holiday event


A pair of northern Minnesota preachers returned to court to argue their first amendment rights should allow them unfettered access to a holiday event in Duluth.

Organizers of the Bentleyville Tour of Lights say the men are welcome to preach in a "First Amendment zone" outside an entrance to the light display.

The city attorney argues event organizers have the final say over who is admitted to their event. But the preachers and their supporters, including legal groups such as the Alliance Defending Freedom, say they should be allowed full access to the festival, which is in a public park.

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