The Libertarian Party of Indiana issued the following statement Friday about lawsuits filed against Yorktown and Jeffersonville for restrictions placed on door-to-door fundraising and membership drives:
"These laws are in clear violation of our First Amendment rights," states Gavin Rose, Attorney for the ACLU, "Door-to-door canvassing is a respected political practice aimed at engaging citizens in discourse, asking citizens to sign petitions and raising funds for campaigns and donations. All of these freedoms are worth protecting and the ACLU is willing to be a leader in this fight."
The LPIN couldn't agree more in regards to protection of Indiana's liberty and Constitutional rights to canvass door-to-door. If these laws were to continue, it would make sending a message of liberty very difficult. The LPIN has been a strong force in the fight for more freedom in Indiana and ending door-to-door canvassing would water the flames of their beacon. It is imperative that these unconstitutional laws be brought before the Indiana courts and repealed as an example of American justice.
This is not unlike the fight that Libertarians won in Fishers, Indiana when the Town of Fishers enacted unconstitutional sign ordinance laws. The LPIN stepped in and called for justice from the Fishers' courts. Brett Glaze, Libertarian candidate for State Senate in 2004, and Brad Klopfenstein, who was Executive Director of the Libertarian Party of Indiana in 2004, filed suit against the Town of Fishers in 2004. The lawsuit was filed because of the enactment of legislation that would only allow signs for elections to be posted 30 days prior to the election in Fishers. The law was quickly changed after the suit was filed.
"We may not always like the manor in which people choose to exercise their freedom of speech, but we must all strive to protect it in all forms," said Brad Klopfenstein, former Libertarian Candidate for Indiana Lt. Governor, "Otherwise, we may find our own speech is not protected when we need it most... We all have the right to not agree with what other people say, but they absolutely have the right to say it in any manor they choose to express it."
The successful change of the Fishers' sign ordinance laws brings hope to this fight. The ACLU, with the support of the LPIN, will not rest until liberty is restored to the citizens of Indiana. The LPIN thanks the ACLU for their swift actions in the fight for freedom. The LPIN also would like to call their members to action. Any citizen who opposes this legislation should contact their elected officials as well as engage their family and friends in grassroots campaigns for liberty.