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Granite City passes new limits to protest signs


Granite City, Ill. – Leaders in the Metro-East town of Granite City on Tuesday passed an ordinance that restricts the size of protest signs during its major parades.

It appears the move sets the stage for a legal fight by some abortion protesters.

The Granite City council's measure bans hand-held signs to nothing bigger than a piece of letter-sized paper.

The move followed a scuffle on November 19th involving people protesting abortion. They displayed large photographs of aborted fetuses along the route of the city's annual Christmas parade.

Attorney Jason Craddock, who represents a family of abortion protesters from Highland, says he will sue this week in federal court to block enactment of the ordinance.

A judge last week denied an earlier bid to do that, ruling the ordinance was not yet on the books.