LAX wins decades-long battle against Krishna fundraising

03/26/2010 | USA Today

The California Supreme Court has sided with Los Angeles International Airport in a long-running battle to bar Hare Krishnas from soliciting donations in the terminal. The city had outlawed airport solicitations as a security threat, but the religious group sued to overturn the ban. In a unanimous decision, the court ruled that the city had acted properly. "The problems posed by solicitations for the immediate receipt of funds that arise in any public place would be exacerbated in the often crowded and hectic environment of a large international airport," Justice Carlos Moreno wrote. Other major airports in California had backed the city's position, and the ban will be effective statewide.

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