CASECountry Mill Farms v. City of East Lansing

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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 is preventing him from doing so at the farmer’s market.
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Michigan farmer can return to farmer’s market, court says city discriminated based on marriage views

Religious Freedom

Michigan farmer can return to farmer’s market, court says city discriminated based on marriage views

Order stops East Lansing from keeping farmer out of market because of belief in one-man, one-woman marriage

Sep 15, 2017 Read More

Michigan farmer to court: Stop city’s religious discrimination, let me sell food to everyone

Religious Freedom

Michigan farmer to court: Stop city’s religious discrimination, let me sell food to everyone

Farmer, ADF attorney available to media following hearing Wednesday in lawsuit challenging East Lansing ordinance

Sep 12, 2017 Read More

Farmer wants to sell food to all people, but East Lansing won’t let him

Religious Freedom

Farmer wants to sell food to all people, but East Lansing won’t let him

ADF attorneys represent Michigan family farmer in challenge to city policy that ousted him from farmers’ market for his beliefs

May 31, 2017 Read More

News conference Wednesday on lawsuit against East Lansing for preventing farmer from selling food to everyone

Religious Freedom

News conference Wednesday on lawsuit against East Lansing for preventing farmer from selling food to everyone

News conference regarding new federal lawsuit against city of East Lansing for excluding farmer from farmer’s market because of his religious beliefs.

May 30, 2017 Read More
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https://adflegal.blob.core.windows.net/web-content-dev/docs/default-source/documents/case-documents/country-mill-farms-v.-city-of-east-lansing/country-mill-farms-v-city-of-east-lansing---preliminary-injunction-order.pdf?sfvrsn=4https://adflegal.blob.core.windows.net/web-content-dev/docs/default-source/documents/case-documents/country-mill-farms-v.-city-of-east-lansing/plaintiffs-opposition-to-defendants-motion-to-dismiss.pdf?sfvrsn=8https://adflegal.blob.core.windows.net/web-content-dev/docs/default-source/documents/case-documents/country-mill-farms-v.-city-of-east-lansing/reply-in-support-of-plaintiffs-motion-for-preliminary-injunction.pdf?sfvrsn=7https://adflegal.blob.core.windows.net/web-content-dev/docs/default-source/documents/case-documents/country-mill-farms-v.-city-of-east-lansing/country-mill-farms-v-city-of-east-lansing---motion-for-and-brief-in-support-of-preliminary-injunction.pdf?sfvrsn=4https://adflegal.blob.core.windows.net/web-content-dev/docs/default-source/documents/case-documents/country-mill-farms-v.-city-of-east-lansing/country-mill-farms-v-city-of-east-lansing---complaint.pdf?sfvrsn=4
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Trial Court
Preliminary injunction order Sep 15 2017
Trial Court
Brief in opposition to motion to dismiss Aug 11 2017
Trial Court
Reply brief in support of preliminary injunction Aug 11 2017
Trial Court
Motion for and brief in support of preliminary injunction Jun 09 2017
Trial Court
Complaint May 31 2017

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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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