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A court in Canada has ruled that the city of Hamilton, Ontario, does not have the right to censor a Christian group's bus advertisement that city officials have deemed to be offensive.
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A judicial review panel for the Ontario Superior Court of Justice Divisional ruled this month that the city of Hamilton violated the rights of the Christian Heritage Party of Canada (a social conservative political party) and the CHP Hamilton-Mountain Electoral District Association when it took down the organization's bus shelter advertisements on Aug. 10, 2016.
As the CHP opposes the push to open up bathrooms and locker rooms on the basis of gender identity, the advertisements in question featured a picture of a male entering through a door labeled "ladies showers." The sign stated that there are "competing human rights" and asked "where is the justice?"
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According to CHP, the advertisements were set to run for one month and were "posted as a challenge to the city's pending policy which would allow biological males to access female washrooms, change rooms and showers."
CBC reports that the ads were eventually removed after the city was pressured by the media, LGBT activists and supporters. The city also apologized for the advertising's "offensive nature" and city officials sent a warning to the third-party contracting organization that handles the bus shelter advertising placement to be more careful when it comes to the content of advertising it places.
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CHP maintains that city officials did not consult the party about the intent or content of its ads before they were taken down. The goal of the advertising, the group said, was to show that the privacy rights...
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