Client gathered with a group of friends at the San Diego County Administration Building to protest the county’s refusal to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Client and eight others staged a peaceful protest (a sit-in) in the hallway outside the marriage license office. Sheriff’s deputies were called and ordered the protesters to leave. When the group members refused to leave the hallway, they were arrested. All nine were charged with interfering with a business and refusing to disperse after being order by officers.
We filed motions and argued that the clients were engaged in activity protected by the First Amendment (free speech). The matter was set for trial, and three weeks before trial was set to begin the prosecution dismissed the charges.