Pro-Life group sues city in Alberta after it approves – then cancels – event

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The Light the Bridge project uses 60,000 LED bulbs to illuminate the bridge in a variety of colours. (Light the Bridge)

Pro-life Alberta March for Life Association (AMLA) with help from the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms has issued a lawsuit against the City of Edmonton for approving and then denying their application to light up the High Level Bridge in supportive colors – pink, blue, and white associated with pro-life activism.

The suit filed on Friday alleges the city cancelled the lighting “due to the polarizing nature of the subject matter.”

According to the City Council website, though applications are accepted from individuals for Light the Bridge program, it “reserves the right to deny requests that do not merit public support or are mainly personal, private, political, polarizing, or commercial in nature.”

The website also reads that specific lighting is meant to showcase the “diversity of people who call Edmonton home.” The lawsuit in response argues that “the expression of pro-life opinions is part of the diversity of expression found in a free society.”

Mayor Don Iveson, when asked about the suit declined any specific comments and stated, “I understand the matter is before the courts now and so it’s really for the judicial process to unfold and we’ll see what the results of that are. I really can’t comment any further until that’s resolved.”

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