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July 3, 2014

Transit agency pays $20K to settle non-theist suit

PITTSBURGH —  The Pittsburgh-area’s mass transit agency has agreed to pay $20,000 plus legal fees to settle a lawsuit filed by a group that seeks to encourage people who don’t believe in God.

The Washington, D.C., based United Coalition of Reason sued in November after the Port Authority of Allegheny County refused to run the group’s ads on the side of buses.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (http://bit.ly/TRbRBj ) reports that the transit agency won’t run the ads as part of the settlement. But the group who sued says the settlement should lead the transit authority to enforce its advertising content rules more consistently.

The transit agency has a broad policy banning “noncommercial” ads, but the non-theists’ group claimed authority had run other ads sponsored by religious and advocacy groups.

The transit agency says it settled to avoid further expense.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, http://pghtrib.com

 

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