On Wednesday, Lamar Advertising asked the U.S. District Court in Fort Smith for additional time to respond to a lawsuit from the Satanic Temple.
The unopposed request for an extension asked the court to give Lamar until April 12 to answer the Satanic Temple’s complaint.
In February the Satanic Temple filed a federal lawsuit against Lamar Advertising in Arkansas’ Western District Court over a set of pro-abortion billboards that Lamar rejected in 2020.
The four billboard designs that Lamar rejected claimed the Satanic Temple’s “religious abortion ritual averts many state restrictions” on abortion.
The Satanic Temple is a prominent atheist organization. The group has tried to persuade federal courts to recognize abortion as a religious ritual. So far courts have not done so.
According to court documents, the Satanic Temple wanted to place pro-abortion billboards near pregnancy resource centers in Fayetteville, Springdale, and Little Rock, but Lamar rejected the billboard designs.
As we have written before, the Satanic Temple has a history of stirring up controversy in Arkansas.
The group has opposed Arkansas’ monument honoring the Ten Commandments and is part of a lawsuit to have the monument removed from the capitol grounds.
The Satanic Temple’s lawsuit against Lamar Advertising is in U.S. District Judge Timothy Brooks’ court, and it may not be resolved for several months.