Openness Should Govern Public Petitions, Too

Commentary Inside the First Amendment By Gene Policinski First Amendment Center vice president/executive director

As Valentine’s Day approaches, let’s consider a rarely discussed First Amendment freedom — the right of petition — by recalling a centuries-old question posed by those Shakespearean lovers Romeo and Juliet: “What’s in a name?”

Ms. Capulet’s poignant question to Mr. Montague came as the threat of violence loomed over their star-crossed love affair. By contrast, there’s no love lost . . .

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