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Group Plans to File Lawsuit Against New Protest Law

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Anti-Hunger Action Committee says it will file a lawsuit against Salt Lake City over a new law banning protests at private residences -- including the governor's mansion.

The group assembles outside the governor's residence at Christmas time singing carols to raise awareness about poverty.

But after a city council vote last week, their songs could be silenced.

Prompted by loud demonstrations held by animal rights groups in front of the homes of university animal researchers, the council banned protests within 100 feet of individuals' homes.

The hunger advocacy group says it will file a lawsuit tomorrow arguing that its free-speech rights are being trampled.

In a draft of the lawsuit, the group is asking for attorney fees, a restraining order to allow protesting to continue outside the governor's mansion and a declaration that the city ordinance is unconstitutional.

Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

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