On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of a Texas law that prohibits people from using public libraries to access online services.
The justices unanimously rejected a lower court’s argument that the law violates the First Amendment, which protects free speech.
The case was brought by the Texas Civil Rights Project, which is a nonprofit advocacy group that defends rights of minorities and low-income residents of the Lone Star State.
The Texas chapter of the NAACP was represented by an Austin law firm.
The Texas law is one of several in the U,S., that prohibit people from accessing public libraries and websites for free if they have a library card or pay a library fee.
It is part of the state’s broader effort to make sure people have access to the resources they need.
But the ruling, by the 5th U., Court of Appeals for the 5TH Circuit, was particularly striking because it addressed online services and not the public library itself.
The decision was a blow to the state, which has been sued by local governments in the past for blocking access to certain online services for the public.
The law in question was introduced by Republican Gov.
Greg Abbott in 2014, but the Texas Supreme Court later struck it down.
The lower court argued that the library card and fee violated the First and Fourteenth Amendments because it prohibited people from being denied access to public services on the basis of where they live.
The court disagreed, saying the law violated the second clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, guaranteeing that “the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated.”
The justices said the law did not require a person to show a library account or a library membership card was required for the use of a library.
The state’s attorney general, Jo-Ann Emerson, said in a statement that the ruling showed the law “will not stand” and she would appeal it.
The decision could have implications for other states and other localities, she said.