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Constitutional right to free speech versus state and local laws

Discuss whether New Hampshire could deny a parade permit to the Klu Klux Klan. This is a constitutional question. Please explore both sides of the answer and refer to specific provisions of the constitution.

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New Hampshire can not deny a parade permit to the Klu Klux Klan based on the content of their speech.

"The right of free speech is guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Washington state Constitution. The right of free speech protects more than the right to talk. It protects expression and communication of all sorts, including picketing, leafleting, marching to city hall, gathering signatures, or wearing an armband.

The Declaration of Rights in the Washington Constitution contains very strong language on this topic. Regarding freedom of speech, it says: "Every person may freely speak, write and publish on all subjects, being responsible for the abuse of that right." Regarding the right to petition and assemble in public, it says: "The right of petition and of the people peaceably to assemble for the ...

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This solution discusses the Constitutional right to free speech versus the impact of state and local laws as they apply to the issuance of parade permits.