Protesters at Philadelphia gay event continue lawsuit

February 8, 2008 7:18:05 PM PST
Oral arguments are scheduled Monday in an appeal of a lawsuit over protesters using bullhorns at a gay street festival in Philadelphia.

The activists contend that city police violated their free-speech rights by arresting them at the 2004 Outfest event. A federal judge ruled in the city's favor last year, saying, "There is no constitutional right to drown out the speech of another person."

The judge noted that the Outfest event had a permit from the city but the protesters didn't apply for a permit.

The protesters are 11 people affiliated with a conservative Christian group called Repent America. Their lawyer describes the arrest as punishment for expressing Christian beliefs in public.