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ACLU joins Bridgeport diocese in suit against state agency

June 26, 2009

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has entered a legal brief in support of the Diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut, which is contesting a state agency's ruling that the diocese must register as a political lobby. The state ethics agency says that the Bridgeport diocese acted as a lobbyist by organizing a rally to oppose legislation that Church leaders saw as an assault on religious freedom. ACLU director Andrew Shneider said that ruling would "have the effect of chilling free speech."


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