U.S. Supreme Court rejects challenge to Ohio ban on rubber bracelet

A federal appeals court on Tuesday overturned a lower court ruling that struck down a state law banning the sale of rubber bracelinks.

The U.N. special rapporteur on freedom of expression said he could not rule out the possibility that the U.K. would appeal the ruling to the European Court of Human Rights, but said that was unlikely.


Supreme Court hears oral arguments on rubber bracelet ban article The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday on a bid by the American Civil Liberties Union to halt Ohio’s rubber bracelet law, which was approved by a state legislature in 2015 and signed into law in August by then-Gov.

John Kasich.

The Ohio Law on Plastic Bands and Bracelets, or OMB-50, banned the sale and distribution of bracelets with rubber straps, ribbons, or straps.

The ban was challenged by a coalition of consumer groups and other groups, and then-Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine appealed to the Supreme Court.

The justices heard arguments Monday morning on the ACLU’s lawsuit that was filed on behalf of two plaintiffs who were wearing bracelets bearing rubber straps in a public place.

A third plaintiff, Stephanie Sorenson, said she was wearing the bracelets at a public park where her son and son-in-law were attending a birthday party.

Sorenson argued that the bracelet law violated the First Amendment by banning a religious expression and was an unconstitutional violation of free speech.

The court heard arguments in favor of the plaintiffs Tuesday morning.