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Is there such a thing as 'guilt by association'?
 
Can what a customer wears in a shopping mall be restricted?
 
What is the difference between the freedom of assembly and the freedom of association?
 
What kinds of associations are protected?
 
When can the government restrict associations?
 
How broad is the freedom of association?
 
What role did the First Amendment play in the civil rights movement?
 
Why do legislatures and judges pass or approve of buffer zones around abortion clinics?
 
Do individuals have First Amendment rights on others’ private property?
 

Generally no. The Bill of Rights provides protection for individual liberty from actions by government officials. This is called the state-action doctrine. Private property is not government-owned. Restrictions on individuals’ free-speech rights on private property do not involve state action.

However, a few states have interpreted their own state constitutions to provide even greater free-speech protection than the federal Constitution offers. For example, the New Jersey Supreme Court has ruled that individuals have free-speech rights at privately owned shopping malls. Most state supreme courts that have examined the issue have disagreed. In April 2002, the Iowa Supreme Court refused to extend its definition of public property to include large, privately owned shopping malls.

 
 
Has the U.S. Supreme Court addressed any case involving funeral-protest legislation?
 
How might a law banning protests at funerals discriminate on the basis of viewpoint?
 
When and where can I protest without fear of being arrested?
 
Do we have an unfettered right to protest on government property?
 
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