Reed v. Town of Gilbert

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Reed v. Town of Gilbert
Court Supreme Court of the United States
Date decided June 18, 2015
Appealed from 9th Circuit


Many cities pass municipal laws regulating the size and features of signs posted within their boundaries.

Gilbert is a town in the state of Arizona.

Reed (plaintiff) was a non-denominational Protestant pastor in Arizona. Reed hosted church services at various locations; thus, he posted temporary directional signs each week depending on the sermon location.

Procedural History

Reed loses at the federal trial court.

Reed loses at the 9th Circuit.


Do municipal limits on sign categories violate freedom of speech under the First Amendment?


Reed argued that the town's sign rules burdened his freedom of speech.


Stricter signage restrictions on Christian signs is an unconstitutional content-based restriction.