Another legal challenge filed over Idaho man’s Christmas lights
HAYDEN, Idaho — A non-profit organization focused on defending religious liberty is filing an appeal on behalf of a Hayden man who was told by his homeowners association that he couldn’t put up a massive Christmas display.
Jeremy Morris had previously sued the West Hayden First Addition Homeowners Association and the homeowners association sued Morris in return.
Morris had claimed that the HOA was discriminating against his religious beliefs by trying to prohibit him from putting up the display. Morris’ display drew hundreds to his home and he used the event to collect money for charity. But, the HOA said the display, which had 200,000 lights, a camel and hundreds of visitors, would be “offensive to the senses” and would violate the rights of other homeowners.
The jury awarded Morris and his wife $60,000 in nominal damages and $15,000 in punitive damages. However, a federal judge overturned that decision in April.
Now, the First Liberty Institute is filing an appeal to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf on Morris.
The First Liberty Institute is a non-profit organization that says it is dedicated exclusively to fighting for religious liberty.
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