Ohio judge bans protests in front of church

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio judge has ruled that members of a national conservative Christian group cannot protest in the land in front of one of Ohio’s largest churches.

Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Charles Schneider on Wednesday wrote that Minutemen United protesters were trespassing when they held their demonstrations in front of Vineyard Columbus.

The protesting group had argued that it was expressing its message within the public right of way. But Schneider ruled that the public’s right of way ends at the edge of the road along the church, which has no curb or sidewalk.

Vineyard is an orthodox, evangelical church. Members of Minutemen United have said they’re targeting Vineyard because it’s been too passive when it comes to fighting “the culture war” against abortion, homosexuality and same-sex marriage.

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