Last year, the Gay Liberation Network in Chicago protested a Catholic church on Valentine's Day for marriage, and some folks noted that it's actually illegal to protest within 150 feet and 30 minutes of a religious service, for anything besides labor. Since the ordinance was almost enforced this past year (at a Scientology protest), the ACLU of Illinois got the city to say that they wouldn't enforce the unconstitutional law:
On January 21st, the ACLU of Illinois wrote to the Chicago Police Department on behalf of the GLN. The ACLU explained that the GLN will not obstruct the flow of pedestrian traffic on this sidewalk, or block parishioners from entering or leaving the Cathedral. The ACLU's letter makes clear that this broad ban violates the First Amendment. The ACLU pointed out that the ordinance contains an exemption for labor picketing, creating speaker-based and content-based discrimination. We also noted that while the City can regulate disruptive activity that interferes with the conduct of a religious service, the government cannot ban all expressive activity within 150 feet of all places of worship. We asked the CPD to let us know if they were going to enforce the ordinance at the GLN's demonstration.
On January 25th, Chicago Corporation Counsel Mara Georges responded, saying that the City "does not intend to enforce" this ordinance at this time. This means that a peaceful demonstration will be able to go forward.
The law, from a policy standpoint, just seems to be a way to favor and protect religious activity from any sort of questioning and politicization, even though those teachings are constantly injecting themselves into the political process. The law's about a power dynamic - churches should be allowed to tell us what to do but we shouldn't be allowed to tell tem what to do - which is the exact reason we have protections for free speech; it's easy to allow powerful people to say what they want, but everyone's supposed to have the same right to speak as anyone else in a democracy.