Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Farm Owners File Lawsuit over Zoning Dispute with Borough Weddings, Religious Fundraisers at Issue

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Farm Owners File Lawsuit over Zoning Dispute with Borough Weddings, Religious Fundraisers at Issue

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The owners of a Sewickley Heights farm who have been in a dispute with borough officials over the use of their farm for weddings and religious fundraisers, have filed suit against the borough in U.S. District Court.

In the lawsuit, filed last month by the Independence Law Center of Harrisburg, Scott and Theresa Fetterolf, owners of Dundee Farm, claim that the borough violated their constitutional rights when they were notified they were in violation of the borough's zoning ordinance by holding Bible study classes and other religious gatherings.

Randall Wenger, chief counsel for the Independence Law Center, said the lawsuit is in defense of citizens' most basic rights.

"The borough has no business overseeing a group of people reading and discussing a book together on private property - even if that book is the Bible," he said. …

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