SCOTUS tackles Boston-based First Amendment issue

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Boston is at the U.S. Supreme Court today.

The case revolves around a decision the city made about a flag. City Hall has three flagpoles. One for the American flag, one for the Massachusetts state flag, and one for the City of Boston flag. The City sometimes authorizes groups to fly their flag on that third pole if they're having an event outside City Hall. But they said no in 2017 to a group that wanted to fly a flag with a Christian cross on it.

The organization took it to court, then appeals, and now it's in front of the nine top judges in the land to decide if there was religious discrimination at play.

WBUR legal analyst and retired federal judge Nancy Gertner joined us to take a look at the case.

This segment aired on January 18, 2022.

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