Anti-abortion groups sue over Kerry-house protest permit

Associated Press/BOSTON — A federal judge denied a request today by a coalition of anti-abortion groups to demonstrate in front of Sen. John Kerry’s Beacon Hill town house.

Operation Rescue and several other anti-abortion groups had planned to pray and lay roses outside Kerry’s home during the Democratic National Convention. Kerry supports abortion rights.

The city revoked the permits at the request of the Secret Service, and the groups filed suit in U.S. District Court in Boston asking to be allowed to stage their demonstrations.

Judge Nathaniel Gorton quickly held a hearing and denied the request.

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