Cabral v. City of Evansville

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Monday, February 17, 2014

Description:  Alliance Defending Freedom allied attorneys represent an Evansville, Ind. area church that is defending the display of up to 31 temporary crosses at the Evansville riverfront that were placed in the same manner as displays from other community groups.

7th Circuit to hear from Ind. church about cross ban

Alliance Defending Freedom allied attorneys represent congregation that participated in Evansville riverfront exhibit
Monday, February 17, 2014

Attorney sound bite:  Bryan Beauman

WHO: Alliance Defending Freedom allied attorney Bryan Beauman
WHAT: Available for media interviews following oral arguments in Cabral v. City of Evansville
WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 18, immediately following hearing, which begins at 9:30 a.m. CST
WHERE: U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, Everett McKinley Dirksen U.S. Courthouse, 219 S. Dearborn St., Chicago

CHICAGO — Alliance Defending Freedom allied attorney Bryan Beauman will be available for media interviews Tuesday following his oral argument before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit against a court-imposed ban on crosses in an Evansville, Ind. riverfront exhibit.

Beauman represents an Evansville area church that filed an appeal in August of last year in an ACLU lawsuit over the display of up to 31 temporary crosses at the Evansville riverfront. A federal district court issued an order the previous month saying that the crosses cannot be displayed in the same manner as other community group displays.

“No one should single out a faith-based group for censorship. The Constitution protects--and does not prohibit--religious expression in the public square,” said Beauman, one of nearly 2,300 allied attorneys with Alliance Defending Freedom. “A public display, approved in the same way as other types of displays, cannot be excluded simply because it is in the shape of a cross.”

In June 2013, the Evansville Board of Public Works approved a request by West Side Christian Church for it and up to 30 other participating churches to display painted and decorated crosses along the city’s popular riverfront for two weeks in August of that year in an event known as “Cross the River.” Each participating church was scheduled to paint and decorate a cross and display it during the event in an effort to raise money for local charities.

The ACLU filed a lawsuit on behalf of two Vanderburgh County residents after the city approved the churches’ permit to display the crosses. The court later allowed Alliance Defending Freedom allied attorneys to intervene in the lawsuit on behalf of one of the churches.

Attorney Chris Wischer and allied attorney Michael J. Cork of the Evansville, Ind. law firm Bamberger, Foreman, Oswald and Hahn, LLP, are serving as co-counsel along with Beauman, who is with Sturgill, Turner, Barker & Moloney, PLLC, of Lexington, Ky.
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Monday, February 17, 2014

Previous news releases:

  • 2013-08-28: Ind. church appeals cross ban
  • 2013-07-16: Churches seek to defend riverfront cross display attacked by ACLU

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