- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

WARREN, Mich. (AP) - A judge’s order that a Detroit suburb pay $100,000 to American Civil Liberties Union lawyers and let an atheist set up an informational booth in City Hall similar to a church-run “prayer station” doesn’t sit well with Warren Mayor Jim Fouts.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael J. Hluchaniuk ruled Feb. 23 that religious and anti-religious groups have the same rights. Since City Hall permits prayer stations, he says it must allow the proposed “reason station” on the same terms.

The ACLU represented Warren resident Douglas Marshall, who was denied permission for the station last summer.

Mr. Fouts told The Detroit News that he doesn’t like the order but says it’s a “victory of freedom of religion” along with an earlier ruling allowing a City Hall Nativity scene.

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