WASHINGTON, DC (CNN) – Can church signs be regulated more strictly than political signs?
That's the issue the U.S. Supreme Court takes up on Monday.
The court starts its January calendar with a lawsuit out of Gilbert, AZ. Good News Presbyterian Church has no permanent building, so it places signs directing people to whatever rented space the congregation is using.
A town regulation says those signs can't be put up more than 12 hours before the event and must be removed one hour after services end.
An attorney for the church argues Gilbert allows political signs to be more than five times as large and can be in place for months.
The town argues the law applies to all "temporary directional signs," regardless of what the event is.