Jackson's Town Council is working on new rules to clarify the permitting process for allowing special events on the Town Square.
Town attorney Audrey Cohen-Davis says the new rules were in the works before a pro-life ministry group proposed putting up a controversial anti-abortion display on the Town Square. The town stopped the group from showing graphic images of fetuses during a Boy Scout Expo on the Town Square, a move which the Wyoming Supreme Court said violated the group’s First Amendment rights.
Jackson Town Councilors voted Monday to allow a ten-by-eighty-foot display, which could include graphic images of fetuses, on the Town Square. Texas-based Operation Save America would be allowed to put up the anti-abortion display for four days in May. But the council denied the group's request to set it up on a Saturday during the Boy Scouts annual elk antler auction.
Councilors said the content was not the problem, but that the display would compete for space with the Boy Scouts' event.
The State of Wyoming has settled a federal lawsuit filed by an anti-abortion group. Under the settlement, the state admitted that state officials violated the constitutional rights of WyWatch Family Action by removing a display of materials it posted in a tunnel leading to the state Capitol last year. U.S. District Judge Nancy Freudenthal approved the settlement and dismissed the lawsuit on Thursday. Under the settlement, the state admits that it unconstitutionally prevented WyWatch from engaging in protected