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Country Mill Farms v. City of East Lansing

Last Updated: 6/15/2020

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Summary

The city of East Lansing, Michigan, crafted a new ordinance to oust an organic farmer from the local farmer’s market, where he has done business since 2010, because city officials learned he believes marriage is the union of one man and one woman. The farmer, who runs Country Mill Farms with his family, wants to be able to sell food to all people, but the city has been preventing him from doing so at the farmer’s market.

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Biographies

Kate Anderson

Senior Counsel

Kate Anderson serves as senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, where she is a key member of the Center for Conscience Initiatives.


Additional Resources

 

Watch: Farmer wants to sell food to all people, but East Lansing won't let him

Jonathan Scruggs: East Lansing bans apple farmer from market for being a faithful Catholic (The Federalist, 2017-06-19)

Steve Tennes: Farmer’s market lawsuit: East Lansing wrong to ban me (Detroit Free Press, 2017-09-13)

 
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