my friend visited Senior Center administered by the State of Maryland. The people working in Senior Center prohibits others from watching shows or programming that is not friendly towards a specific political party affiliation. My friend is often mentally abused by others that belong to a different political party. Workers at the Center have told my friend that unless he stop discussing or trying to watch TV shows not of the same political affiliation as they are, that he wil have to stop coming to the Center. It seems these people at the Center are violation my friend's rights under the US Constitution....???
1 Answer from Attorneys
A State run facility may not legally suppress citizen's freedom of speech although they may content-neutrally regulate certain speech and may be able to restrict speech that causes an immediate risk of death / harm to others. The state cannot ban discussion that sparks debate or causes offense unless it is risking public safety.
Your friend may wish to consult a civil rights lawyer (perhaps of the same political affiliation).
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