Fortune-Telling Ban Repealed in Hattiesburg, Mississippi

December 8th, 2011 § 0 comments

Tommy and Marie Costello have won their battle against the fortune-telling ban in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

Last September they filed suit against the City claiming that the ban was an illegal restriction of free speech in violation of both the U.S. and Mississippi constitutions.

On Tuesday, a federal court agreed, and handed down a preliminary injunction against the ban, prompting Hattiesburg City Attorney Charles Lawrence to recommend that the ordinance be repealed.

According to City Councillor Kim Bradley, it will take another 90 days before the ban is lifted. In the meantime, Council will come up with zoning regulations for new psychic establishments.

As of Tuesday, however, the Costellos and their shop are open and ready for business.

I congratulate them on their win and thank them for their courage to take a stand.

This ban has been in place for almost 100 years, and as Councillor Bradley acknowledges in the news clip below, the change is overdue.

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