Not Compelled…

“A judge ruled yesterday that San Diego city officials did not violate the free-speech rights of four firefighters when they were ordered to attend last year’s gay pride parade in Hillcrest. The firefighters claimed that their participation while in uniform qualified as “compelled speech” under the state constitution because it could be construed as an endorsement of certain political messages. San Diego Superior Court Judge Michael Anello noted in a written ruling that citizens must accept some limits on their constitutional rights when they enter government service.” The firefighters also claim they were sexually harassed during that parade. A mistrial was declared last week on that charge and a new trial will begin next year. [San Diego Union-Tribune]