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City Decides Governor's Mansion Isn't a Residence



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- City attorneys have decided the Governor's Mansion isn't a private residence, making it exempt from a recent ban on protests within 100 feet of homes.

The decision comes after a lawsuit was filed against the city saying the mansion was the publicly funded home of a public official and therefore banning protests there was unconstitutional.

The city now agrees. The city attorney says because it hosts a variety of public meetings it is not a residence.

The city banned protests targeting homes after the University of Utah requested the move to protect animal researchers at the school.

They say faculty at the school's animal lab have been repeatedly targeted by loud, threatening protests from animal-rights activists in front of their homes.

The attorney for the anti-hunger group that filed the lawsuit against the city says that group may back down but he is still concerned that the city rule could equate to content-based censorship.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

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