An atheist group that was denied the right to purchase ad space on public buses in Bloomington, Indiana has reached a settlement in the lawsuit it filed against the city. The city transportation authority’s advertising policy forbid them from accepting any ad that made statements for or against “controversial public issues.” A group calling itself the Indiana Atheist Bus Campaign filed suit, claiming this was a violation of their First Amendment rights.
The Bloomington Public Transportation Corporation apparently saw the handwriting on the wall and decided to get out of a losing lawsuit as cheaply as possible:
The Herald-Times of Bloomington says the agreement allows the group to pay standard rate for the ads, which they can post as often, and on as many buses, as they choose.
The transit corporation also agreed to reimburse the ACLU-Indiana for a significant portion of their legal expenses.
That is the correct result. Another victory for the First Amendment.