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Judge Rodabuagh discussed free speech, nondiscrimination at Forum

Judge David A. Rodabaugh, Lima Municipal Court, shared “Constitutional Limits on State and Federal Governments Regarding the Rights of Private Citizens,” during Bluffton University’s Constitution Day Forum on Tuesday, Sept. 19.

During the event, Rodabaugh discussed the recent Supreme Court decision for 303 Creative LLC v. Elenis. The case dealt with matters of free speech, nondiscrimination and LGBTQ-rights.

Free and open to the public, this presentation served as Bluffton’s Constitution Day annual educational event.

“A lot of people don’t know what’s in it. You need to read it and see what’s there—the rights and interests you have,” said Rodabaugh. “You may not know it, but it affects you on a daily basis. Without the Constitution, what do we have? Another king? A dictator? The Constitution protects individuals and protects our freedoms.”

All educational institutions which receive federal funds are required to offer an instructional program each year on or near Sept. 17, the day the U.S. Constitution was signed in 1787.