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Jul 25, 2013 7:01 PM by AP Photo Credit: Courtesy Wiki Commons

City removes Bourbon St nighttime preaching ban

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The New Orleans City Council has overturned its ban against preaching after dark on Bourbon Street.

The revision of the city's "aggressive solicitation" ordinance passed 6-0 on Thursday and takes effect immediately.

A federal judge barred enforcement in September after a street preacher sued the city in federal court.

Attorney Nathan Kellum says preacher Paul Gros won't drop a lawsuit filed after his arrest in May 2012. He says there must be vindication of Gros' constitutional rights.

The measure passed in 2011 got more attention after other street preachers were arrested during the Southern Decadence gay pride festival over the Labor Day weekend last year.

Earlier this month, U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier canceled a trial scheduled Aug. 12 and scheduled a status conference Aug. 15.


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