by Donna Martinez
Former Senior Writer and Editor, John Locke Foundation
No, it’s not a joke. Actually, I take that back. The actions of District of Columbia officials are a joke – but now it’s a joke a court must entertain.
On Monday, Margaret Appleby—a doctoral student and D.C. resident—filed a lawsuit against D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine in U.S. District Court, arguing that a ban on dancing at her upcoming June wedding violates her First Amendment rights.
“The First Amendment does not permit the District to irrationally discriminate against wedding dancing, while simultaneously allowing equally dangerous, though less expressive, activities to continue without remark,” said Adam Schulman, a senior attorney with the Hamilton Lincoln Law Institute, which along with the Liberty Justice Center is representing Appleby.
It’s all about what’s good for us, of course. And the bureaucrats always know best, despite the fact that we are nearing the end of the COVID crisis. See for yourself. Here’s part of the District’s order, signed by Mayor Muriel Bowser.
Look at the last two lines of item 4 below, pertaining to weddings.
Nope, none of this thing we call fun is allowed in D.C.
I vote for more of that, and less of the bureaucrats.