After two days of testimony and an hour of oral argument, U.S. District Judge William H. Yohn ruled that there was no evidence feeding homeless people outside City Hall was any better or more dignified than on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway; that Mayor Nutter’s ordinance enforcement was stayed pending Yohn’s ruling on its constitutionality.
In the meantime, religious groups that have fed homeless people for years along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, between 16th and 20th Streets, have continued doing so without penalty.
The ordinance bans public feedings of groups of more than three people in any city park, took effect June 1, 2012.
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