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ACLU, PETA among those suing over rejected DC Metro ads

Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld is seen in his office with a map of the subway system on the conference table beneath his hands, in Washington, Thursday, July 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld is seen in his office with a map of the subway system on the conference table beneath his hands, in Washington, Thursday, July 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

WASHINGTON  — Groups whose ads for buses and trains were rejected by a Washington regional transit agency are suing.

The groups that sued the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority on Wednesday are the American Civil Liberties Union, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, a women’s health care group, and right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos’ company. The groups say parts of WMATA’s ad policies violate the First Amendment.

The lawsuit says the rejected ads include one for an abortion pill, ads saying “Go Vegan,” and one that displayed the First Amendment in English, Spanish and Arabic. The lawsuit says ads for Yiannopoulos’ new book were first accepted but later removed following complaints.

WMATA’s guidelines ban ads intended to influence public policy or opinion. WMATA didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

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