May 2, 2023

TIME: Why Rep. Zooey Zephyr's Free Speech Lawsuit is Unprecedented

ACS President Russ Feingold was quoted in TIME, voicing support for Montana State Representative Zooey Zephyr, a trans woman who was censured by the Montana state legislature. Zephyr has filed a lawsuit asserting that the free speech rights of her and her 11,000 constituents were violated by the legislature's decision to censure her.

“The Montana House’s partisan censure of Rep. Zephyr was utterly unjust and blatantly discriminatory,” said American Constitution Society President Russ Feingold in an email statement to TIME. “We hope the lawsuit combined with the outpouring of political and grassroots support for her and for Reps. Pearson and Jones from Tennessee serve as a warning to those who would opt for authoritarianism over democracy.”

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