The American Civil Liberties Union, a left-leaning political organization, has filed a lawsuit on behalf of conservative speaker Milo Yiannapoulos in defense of his freedom of speech, according to The Daily Caller.
The ACLU clarified in its statement that they “vehemently disagree with Mr. Yiannapoulos’ views,” but maintain that they are representing him “because free speech is crucial to progress in civil rights’ movements.”
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The ACLU published two articles explaining its decision to fight on behalf of the conservative firebrand against the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s restrictions on controversial advertising. Ads for Yiannopoulos’ new book, “Dangerous,” were initially posted in Metro stations and subway cars, but were later removed due over complaints from outraged riders.
The city-funded transit service claims that Yiannopoulos’ ads violated the policies it relied on to reject ads from three other organizations, including the ACLU.
In addition to defending itself and Yiannopoulos’ corporate entity Milo Worldwide LLC, the ACLU named two additional plaintiffs — Carafem, a healthcare network that specializes in getting women access to birth control and abortion medication; and the animal rights organization PETA.
All four organizations have little in common, but ACLU states that their differences “powerfully illustrate the indivisibility of the First Amendment.”