Religious group wants lawsuit dropped after gay pride event - KMOV.com

Religious group wants lawsuit dropped after gay pride event

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A ministry that sought to distribute fliers at a gay pride event in St. Louis has asked for its lawsuit to be dismissed, after the city repealed its ban on leafleting in public parks.

Assistant City Counselor Dan Emerson said Thursday St. Louis agreed to pay an $80,000 settlement for damages, attorney fees and costs in the case.

Members of St. Louis-based Apple of His Eye Ministries were threatened with arrest in 2006 for handing out literature and talking about their beliefs during PrideFest, a two-day gay pride festival.

The ministry filed suit against the city in 2008. Lawyer Rick Nelson said the ministry was allowed to express its views and leaflet at the park this year, after a judge ordered it should be allowed.

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